Low Blood Circulation.
Low blood circulation can occur due to several different underlying conditions, the most common of which are atherosclerosis, or “hardening of the arteries”; and peripheral artery disease, or PAD. You’ll likely experience certain typical signs and symptoms associated with poor blood circulation, which usually occur in your arms, legs, hands and feet. If you experience symptoms of circulation problems, consult your physician right away, because poor circulation can lead to heart attack, stroke and even death.
Leg Pain While Walking
A common symptom of poor blood circulation is pain or cramping of your leg or hip muscles while walking, climbing stairs or another similar physical activity. This is a condition called intermittent claudication, which is a sign of PAD.
Numbness and Weakness
If your arms or legs feel numb or weak while you’re active or at rest, you may have low blood circulation. If these symptoms in your arms and legs come about suddenly and are accompanied by impaired or slurred speech and drooping facial muscles, you may have low blood circulation to your brain due to atherosclerosis. Poor circulation in the arteries supplying your brain can cause a stroke.
Coldness and Swelling
If your feet, hands or lower legs feel cold all the time for no apparent reason, this may be a sign of poor blood circulation. Low blood circulation due to PAD or atherosclerosis tends to produce coldness in one foot, hand or leg more than the other. You could also notice swelling in your extremities due to poor circulation, particularly in your legs and feet.
Another sign of low blood circulation, particularly in your legs, is the presence of sores on your feet or legs that does not heal. You may also notice that ulcers or infections in your legs and feet heal very slowly. You may also notice that you’re losing hair on your legs and feet or that your hair is growing slower than normal. Your toenails may grow slowly as well.
Changes in Skin Color
Poor circulation can cause the skin in your arms, hands, legs and feet to change color. You may notice that your skin looks “shiny,”. Your legs and feet may turn pale or bluish in color, due to the poor blood and oxygen delivery to your extremities.
Weak Pulse in Your Legs
Poor blood circulation due to atherosclerosis or PAD can cause your pulse to become weak or even nonexistent in your feet or legs. When the pulse in your limbs is weak or absent, this means that there is little or no blood circulation to these areas of your body. The most common method that doctors use to determine blood flow problems is to check your pulse in the leg and groin areas.
If you experience chest pain or angina, as well as any other symptoms of a heart attack, you may have low blood circulation in the arteries to your heart. This may be a sign of atherosclerosis in these arteries. If you have chest pain, you should see your doctor right away to prevent a potentially life-threatening medical problem.
If you’re a man, experiencing erectile dysfunction can be a sign of low blood circulation. Erectile problems can indicate poor blood flow to your groin and lower extremities due to one or more blocked, clogged or narrowed arteries.
How to improve low blood circulation
Exercise is the single best non-surgical treatment for poor leg circulation, provided that arterial blockages have not yet reached the advanced stage.
Anyone with high blood pressure or high cholesterol who is overweight or is generally sedentary is at risk of developing vascular disease including poor circulation to the legs.
Exercise can help to reduce excess weight and lower blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as reduce blood thickness, help develop new blood vessels and increase blood flow and oxygen delivery to the legs.
Many herbal remedies help strengthen the vascular system and improve circulation.
Gingko biloba is recommended as an aid to improve circulation for over 5,000 years. The University of Maryland Medical Center states that Gingko biloba improves blood flow, and has been demonstrated to be as effective as prescription medications in improving the pain-free walking distance of people suffering from intermittent claudication-pain from poor leg circulation.
Supplements for low blood circulation
A number of natural supplements can help improve the condition of blood vessels. These supplements can be a healthful addition to a program of exercise and herbal treatment to help alleviate poor circulation in the legs. Arginine is an amino acid necessary for the body to produce nitric oxide which relaxes the blood vessels, aiding circulation.
The Manna Blood Circulation Support contains Ginkgo biloba, L-Arginine, L-Citruline and Guarana, which were all proven to improve blood flow the natural way, fast and effective without any side effects.