Making good nutritional choices can go a long way in supporting many aspects of your health, including your vein health. Yes, making changes in your diet takes some work. But once you learn what foods contain the nutrients to help strengthen your vein walls and keep blood pumping effectively, you’ll want to eat more of them more often.
These vitamins can diminish varicose veins
- Horse chestnut seed extract – As a dietary supplement, horse chestnut seed extract has been proven effective in reducing the leg pain, swelling and itching of chronic venous insufficiency (when the veins of the lower leg cannot send blood back to the heart). A study by the National Institute of Health noted that this extract may be even more effective than wearing compression stockings.
- Diosmin – This natural chemical is found in citrus fruits. Formed into a medicinal property, it is used to treat blood vessel disorders such as varicose veins and poor blood circulation in the legs.
Take note: Be sure to purchase horse chestnut seed extract and diosmin in the U.S., as they are regulated by the FDA. Many products made in Asia and the United Kingdom have been flagged for poor manufacturing oversight, and thus, low quality. Ask one of the knowledgeable staff members or doctors at Carolina Vein Specialists about our USA-made supplements, which are produced under USP pharmaceutical manufacturing standards.
- Bioflavonoids – Found in blueberries, blackberries and cherries, bioflavonoids may prevent capillaries from breaking down and forming spider veins.
- Fiber – Eat plenty of fruits, veggies and grains to avoid constipation, which can create pressure in your abdomen and block the flow of blood back to your legs, weakening vein walls over time.
- Vitamin C – Vitamin C helps your body manufacture collagen and elastin—both of which the body uses to repair and maintain veins, keeping them strong and flexible.
- Vitamin E – Seek out sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach, avocados, squash, kiwifruit, fish, olive oil, wheat germ oil, and broccoli for vitamin E. It can prevent blood clots!
- Vitamins B6 and B12 – These water-soluble nutrients help clear the blood of homocysteine, which has been linked to recurring blood clots. Many varieties of fish and meat, along with tofu and chickpeas, are rich in B6 and B12.
Take note: Some vitamins and supplements can interact with prescription medications and reduce their effectiveness. Supplements can also cause negative effects in certain medical conditions, or for women who are pregnant or nursing. Be sure to consult your doctor about which vitamins and supplements are right for you.
Exceptional, innovative care for varicose veins in Greensboro and Winston-Salem
If varicose veins are taking over your life, and no amount of diet and exercise has helped, come see us at Carolina Vein Specialists.
Our experienced, highly-credentialed team offers advanced, minimally-invasive varicose vein treatment in Winston-Salem and Greensboro. Most procedures take one hour or less, and you can be back to light activities the same day. There’s no need to wait when the Triad’s leading vein care is in your backyard. Start looking and feeling better today!
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