I’ve been talking about the importance of microcirculation for years. If I had my way, this “hidden” system would be the first thing every doctor in America talks about when a new patient enters the office. It’s that critically important — to just about every aspect of your health.
And a new study offers a prime example.
Researchers at UC Davis in California found that microcirculation plays an important role in brain health as you age…
Researchers assessed nearly 2,000 participants of the Framingham Heart Study, using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and arterial tonometry (a measure of arterial flexibility).
Results showed that early signs of stiffening arteries are a smoking gun for structural brain changes (i.e. brain shrinkage) linked to age-related cognitive decline.
Not shocking news by itself… until you consider that these changes were evident among healthy adults in their 40s.
This is the first study to identify this devastating trend in people so young. But it makes a lot of sense, when you think about it.
If your larger arteries are starting to stiffen (which this study found the earliest evidence of), it’s a pretty sure bet that your microcirculation has already been compromised for a while.
And among many critical roles, the tiny blood vessels that make up your microcirculation are responsible for delivering oxygen and nutrients to your brain.
It’s a system so microscopic, cells have to pass single file through each tiny capillary. In fact, it would take 10 of these specific capillaries stacked on top of one another to equal the width of just one human hair.
So how do you keep something so delicate in tip top shape? Well, believe it or not, it’s simpler than you might think.
I’ve waded through piles of research to find the most powerful, natural supporters for your microcirculatory system. And I came up with eight of them — each one vitally important to keeping your microcirculation ticking along like clockwork.
For starters, there’s Panax notoginseng — a root extract that has been used for centuries as part of an optimal health regimen. But only recently have scientists discovered its very unique secret.
A mouse study reported in the journal Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation revealed that Panax notoginseng significantly reduces the number of “sticky” cells in blood samples. This means it may help keep blood flowing more freely throughout the body (including to the brain).
Next up, there’s diosmin — a special flavonoid that’s isolated from hesperidin. Both compounds have the incredible ability to help promote a healthy inflammatory response and fight free radicals. But while some formulas might include diosmin or hesperidin, I feel it’s important to take both.
Research shows that taking regular doses of both nutrients can deliver clinical improvement in both vein health and quality of life — within just six months. And it’s no wonder: Both substances promote the tone and strength of your veins like few substances known to man. And they both help protect the youthful tone of your veins as well as promote proper inflammatory response throughout your body.
Pycnogenol® is another key player in my microcirculation protocol. There’s ample research backing its benefits for vascular health and blood circulation. It also helps maintain healthy blood pressure. And research shows it even affects your body’s endothelial function — the microscopic cells that line the inner wall of you blood vessels.
And don’t forget turmeric. This natural compound gives curry its signature yellow color — but that’s the least of turmeric’s abilities. Turmeric is one of the world’s great antioxidants. Plus, nothing is more important to microcirculation (and your overall health in general) than maintaining a healthy inflammatory response — and this spice helps your body do just that.
Finally, there’s the antioxidant flavonoid quercetin. One double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 93 subjects taking 150 mg of quercetin per day for 6 weeks showed that it can help maintain healthy blood pressure, as well as decrease the oxidation of LDL cholesterol.
By incorporating these eight simple nutrients into your daily arsenal, you can keep microcirculation healthy, and delivering the blood and oxygen your entire body — and especially your brain — needs to operate at peak performance.
Which is why I took it upon myself to combine all of them into one comprehensive product, called CircuLogic.
It’s one of the first recommendations I make to my patients — often even before something as essential as a vitamin C pill. So if you aren’t already taking CircuLogic, I strongly encourage you to check it out — TODAY.
Because, as the new UC Davis study shows, you simply can’t afford to ignore your microcirculation.
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