When thinking about nutrients that support circulation, calcium is not the first nutrient that comes to mind; however, the heart needs calcium to contract and pump blood to all body parts through the circulatory system. Calcium supports the circulatory system by helping trigger blood vessels to tighten and relax when they need to.
Support Your Blood Vessels with Calcium
Blood vessels are a large part of the circulatory system and distribute oxygen rich blood, nutrients, and hormones throughout the body. They’re made of smooth muscle cells responsible for vascular tone and resistance which play a critical role in maintaining an optimal environment for the circulatory system to function. These smooth muscle cells need calcium for active contraction and relaxation and to control the tension needed for proper elasticity. Think of a rubber band that is pliable and able to extend and constrict easily. In addition, proper elasticity supports healthy blood pressure. Proper elasticity allows blood to easily travel through your arteries and veins, helping keep your blood warm and delivering oxygen to your muscles and organs.
Proper elasticity = healthy circulatory system.