Varicose veins are swollen veins that can be soft and can be painful and cause a feeling of tired legs, painful, contracted and heavy. In general, they do not cause any significant health risk, although they could be intrusive and ugly. Some supplements or practical tips may help reduce inflammation and relieve pain. How do varicose veins occur?
About half of middle-aged people have some form of varicose veins. Imbalanced diet (fiber and FAT), lack of physical activity and obesity can burden your veins while pregnant women or women who have hormonal imbalances are more susceptible to disease.
Other risk factors include genetic weakness in veins or at their valves, liver disease, nutritional deficiencies and sitting or standing on your feet for a long time. Arteries bring blood from the heart to various parts of the body, while the veins back to the heart blood lead. Unlike arteries, the veins may not depend on the pumping action of the heart to carry blood. Instead of this, the movement of blood through the veins is caused by contraction and relaxation of the muscles around them. Veins have valves which ensure that blood flows in only one direction.
When this faulty valve works, the walls of the veins are weak or there is poor circulation, blood flow could be prevented. This causes the accumulation of blood in the veins, weakening them and makes them to lie and to swell. Varicose veins usually occur in the legs-where veins are constantly working against gravity and the anus, where they are called hemorrhoids.
Supplements that help
James Balch, Ph.D. in medicine, and Mark Stengler, doctor of naturopathy, have recommended these supplements:
• Blueberries-increases blood circulation and helps strengthen capillary walls.
• Wild Chestnuts-strengthen walls and valves the veins increase circulation and relieve swelling.
• Thorn (Ruscus aculeatus)-reduces inflammation of the veins.
• Grape seed Extract-contains compounds that increase circulation and improve the integrity of the walls of veins.
• Vitamin E- thins, favoring the blood flow and inflammation in veins ligand.
• Ginkgo biloba commonly-used for circulatory problems.
• Vitamin C improves the health of veins.
• Bromelain-Abdi inflammations at the veins and could prevent blood clots
• Bioflavonoid Complex.-some flavonoid hesperidin, for example, was found as being helpful in the treatment of varicose veins.
They improve the integrity of support structures, veins, the vascular system as a whole. You may be able to consume red fruit-cherry, bluish, like blackberries, blueberries, Hawthorn, since they contain flavonoids which improve the resistance and elasticity of the walls of the veins.
Local applications with Calendula Ointments, creams and balsams form, can be applied topically to varicose veins in the lower legs (calves) to reduce the bloated appearance.
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A diet high in fiber, including good amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, seeds, and nuts, would be of great help. Buckwheat contains rutin, which increases resistance capillaries. Herbs and spices such as cayenne pepper, ginger, garlic, and onions help to increase circulation and could be added also in the diet.