Vitamins That Increase Circulation

The circulatory system passes important bodily substances such as blood cells, hormones and nutrients throughout the body. Poor circulation can result in hypertension, hardening of the arteries and varicose veins. These disorders are common in elderly people because the arteries begin to constrict. Certain vitamins can be taken in food or supplement form to help increase circulation.


The vitamin B complex is a group of vitamins that were once believed to be the same vitamin until it was discovered that they are in fact different vitamins that are found in the same foods. One of the eight water-soluble B vitamins, called niacin or vitamin B3, is associated with improving circulation, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Niacin is found in beets, yeast, beef, liver and seafood. Healthy adults should consume between 14 and 16 mg of niacin daily.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin found in wheat germ, almonds, seeds, spinach and broccoli. The National Institutes of Health states that vitamin E dilates, or widens, blood vessels and restrains platelet buildup resulting in increased blood circulation. Recommended intake of vitamin E for healthy adults is 15 mg daily. Taking more than the recommended dosage can result in excessive bleeding.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C has been shown to improve blood circulation in people with type 2 diabetes, according to Diabetes Health. Vitamin C is found in fruits and vegetables, particularly green peppers, citrus fruits, broccoli, tomatoes and strawberries. The recommended daily dosage is between 75 and 90 mg daily for healthy adults. Excess vitamin C can result in upset stomach and diarrhea, says Medline Plus.

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Maggie Lynn has been writing about education, health and beauty topics since 2005 in addition to being an educator. Her work appears on LIVESTRONG.COM and eHow. Lynn is currently working on obtaining her Master of Science in child and family studies with an emphasis on research in child health and welfare at the University of Tennessee.