Blood circulation is a basic system for our survival. Blood is a tissue whose function is to transport oxygen throughout the body, without which most of the organs might not work.
As with all other tissues, even blood can be damaged due to the slowing down of blood circulation. The causes of the slowing down can be many and varied: we go from a stagnation of the blood in some parts of the body (for example in the veins of the lower limbs, up to problems of ascent), to the low blood pressure, which prevents blood from have the speed necessary to reach all the body districts. There could also be obstacles that reduce circulation, as in the case of embolus, which are formed by various types of material that does not mix with blood preventing the normal flow, and atherosclerotic plaques, which are bulges inside of the vessels.
Circulatory problems not only lead to minor symptoms, such as weakness, difficulty in breathing and little resistance to fatigue, but can also have serious consequences, up to fatal results as in many cases of heart attack and stroke.
It is for this reason that circulatory problems should never be underestimated, and require close monitoring.
The remedy that improves circulation more than any other is undoubtedly the physical exercise that, if carried out in a constant way, helps the performance of the functions of the circulatory system, reducing at the same time all the risk factors that could aggravate the situation (such as the presence of fat micelles in the blood vessels). Circulation may be improved in several ways. One of the most interesting natural remedies is the assumption of curcumin, the active ingredient of turmeric.
How does turmeric on improving circulation?
The root of turmeric contains an active substance, called curcumin (whose chemical name is diferuloylmethane) that has been shown to be capable of preventing the increase cardiovascular risk mainly due to advancing age. Specifically, this compound improves hemodynamics, i.e. blood movements within the vessels, in people who do regular physical activity. Improvement was measured in relation to persons who, while performing regular physical activity, do not take the turmeric.
It has been shown that, a dose of 150 mg per day of curcumin, used for eight weeks, can decrease the post left ventricular load. In other words, it decreases the resistance that you have in the left ventricle (the one where the blood comes out into the aorta carrying blood to the whole body), making the blood more fluid. In doing so, heart suffers a minor pressure and is less stressed. Curcumin is also useful to prevent any deposits that may reduce cardiac flow.
By studies carried out, it seems that curcumin acts on platelet aggregation that seems to take place to a lesser extent in the body of the person who hires than the general population.
The platelets, which normally aggregate when there are traumatic situations, form micro aggregations even in the presence of physical activity, because the movement continuously causes small damage throughout the body, especially in the vessels that lead to the muscles. Part of the aggregate plates repairs these wounds but, since they are small heaps, some of them remain inside the blood, increasing their density. In the long run these small heaps slow down the blood flow, thus worsening the general circulation.
Of course, turmeric activity is limited. It is certainly not an anticoagulant, but it is useful in cases where the platelet accumulations are small or to prevent their formation.
Given the particular mechanism of action, turmeric works only if related to physical activity, and anyway in the absence of more serious diseases. In case of atherosclerosis, for example, if the atherosclerotic plaque has already formed, there is no way to exploit curcumin to remove it.
Turmeric is a natural remedy useful only in certain situations where the blood circulation has not yet seriously be compromised and allows you to make good results only in the long run.
Curcumin can interact with some medicines. Therefore, before taking it, it is always good to request a medical consultation.