Foods that improve or help maintain healthy blood flow include celery, oats, red bell peppers, asparagus, and raw walnuts and almonds, according to One Green Planet. Green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, turnip greens and arugula, and citrus fruits, such as grapefruits, lemons and oranges, also improve blood flow.
Raw seeds also help improve circulation in the body, states One Green Planet, including chia, flax, pumpkin and hemp seeds. Certain antioxidant rich superfoods, such as acai, spirulina, and goji, promote healthy blood flow. Other foods beneficial to blood flow include cucumbers and whole grains, such as brown rice, quinoa and amaranth.
Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, C and E, magnesium, and folate promote healthy blood flow, according to SFGate. Research suggests omega-3 fatty acids prevent plaque buildup in the arteries. Foods naturally containing omega-3 include salmon, trout, oysters and tuna, according to WebMD. Foods commonly fortified or enriched with omega-3 include eggs, milk, yogurt, pasta and peanut butter.
Research suggests magnesium may help prevention calcification of the arteries, SFGate reports. Folate helps improve circulation by decreasing inflammation and helping the arteries remain clear of plaque buildup. Foods rich in magnesium include soybeans, avocado, bananas and dark chocolate, according to EverydayHealth.