We often have customers ask us why their veins have suddenly appeared or why they are increasing in size/ visibility. The truth is that there are many factors that can contribute, which we have discussed at length in previous posts. There are methods of reducing the likelihood of the symptoms developing such as exercises (see here) and reducing pressure on the legs throughout the day. Can diet assist with the battle against varicose vein symptoms? We take a closer look at certain foods that can help lower the probability even further that you will develop varicose veins or that your existing symptoms will worsen:
Ginger: Fresh Ginger in particular has been used for generations to help with varicose vein symptoms. Ginger helps by dissolving fibrin in blood vessels and by increasing circulation. Add ginger to your meals for a prolonged period of time to help reduce symptoms.
Beets: On the prevention side, beets are said to be particularly effective against varicose veins. The betacyanin content lower the levels of a natural amino acid, homocysteine, in the body. This amino acid can be harmful to blood vessels so adding beets into your diet can be helpful.
Asparagus: Asparagus is a wonderful vegetable for maintaining vein health. It is rich in vitamins A, C, E and K and packed full of fibre, folate and chromium, all of which make is ideal for preventing rupturing as well as encouraging the strengthening of capillaries and veins. As if that wasn’t enough, Asparagus is also high in calcium, phosphorus, niacin and amino acids. It’s a simple vegetable to add to your juices, smoothies or any meal.
Foods containing Rutin: Rutin is a flavonoid, which has a number of great benefits for our bodies. It is also credited with being extremely helpful for varicose veins. Why you ask? Well, it strengthens weak capiliiaries that would otherwise be susceptible to develop varicose veins. In addition to this, Rutin is ‘vasoprotective’ (ie is protects blood vessels), anti-thrombotic (ie protects against blood clots), anti-inflammatory and is an anti-oxidant. Where can you find this magical flavonoid? Apples, buckwheat, grapes, cherries, apricots and blackberries to name a few.
Avocado: Avocado has many benefits for our skin but it is also great for vascular health as the Vitamin C and E content ensures. Avocados are also high in glutathione, which helps protect our arteries, veins and heart from oxidant damage.
Watercress: Watercress has been used for thousands of years as a ‘jack of all trades’ when it comes to health and treatment of ailments. In more modern herbal medicine it is used to treat varicose veins. It has an incredibly high amount of Vitamin K, as well as being packed full of other vitamins and nutrients including: Vitamin B1, B2, B6, C, E and manganese, carotenes, iron, calcium copper and fibre. It’s an easy ingredient to add to your meals too which is ideal.
Rosemary: Rosemary (like ginger) stimulates circulation and therefore helps to keep blood flowing healthily through your veins. It also contains Rosmarinic acid, which is a compound that protects your tissues from harmful free radicals.
Try to work these foods into your weekly diets. We don’t recommend binging on them all day and every day but if you try to add one of them to a meal every day then over a prolonged period of time you are adding to your resistance against varicose vein formation and symptoms. Food on its own isn’t enough, as you must approach prevention from all angles. Our previous posts help suggest other ways to add to your resistance. It’s important to be persistence with exercise, lifestyle changes and diet to achieve anything with our bodies and varicose vein prevention/ reduction in symptoms is no different.
If you are looking into solutions to help aid varicose veins, we recommend our Nature’s Miracle Cream which offers super fast relief from the soreness of varicose veins and the discomfort of heavy, aching and tired legs.