How to Get Rid of Varicose Veins Once and For All
Ugly, spidery blue lines that creep down your legs and make it a little embarrassing to think about wearing your swimsuit this summer…
No one thinks varicose veins are pretty.
But truth be told, they’re pretty harmless.
When it comes to varicose veins, prevention beats the heck out of treatment, but there are still plenty of things you can do if you already have them.
What Causes Varicose Veins…
Varicose veins are rarely seen in parts of the world where high fiber diets are the norm. So it’s been hypothesized that the typical Western diet—high in junk carbs and fats and low in fiber—is partly to blame.
The condition is almost always related to a weakness in the walls of the veins, which are fairly delicate structures to begin with.
Your veins contain valves that prevent blood from flowing back down due to gravity, but when these valves get weak, blood pools in the veins and causes them to bulge and/or become purplish.
A lack of good circulation can be a contributing factor. Standing and sitting for long periods of time, as well as being obese can increase the likelihood of getting varicose veins. So can pregnancy, though the condition usually gets better after delivery.
If you’ve got varicose veins, you should try to avoid sitting or standing for long stretches, and you should walk on a regular basis. Anything to get the circulation going is a good thing.
Natural Remedies for Varicose Veins…
For “garden variety” varicose veins, a number of supplements, herbs, and lifestyle modifications can make a big difference. Key among them are exercise, a high fiber diet, vitamins C and E, bioflavonoids, and the herb horse chestnut.
Making sure you’re getting enough fiber is the first thing you’ll want to do if you have varicose veins. Every major health organization recommends that we get between 25-35 grams of fiber a day; our Paleolithic ancestors got well over 50. Yet, the average American gets between 8-11 grams.
To get your fiber levels up, I strongly recommend considering fiber supplements. Below you can find our favorite.
And make sure you exercise! It helps with varicose veins by pushing blood back into circulation.
Plant compounds called flavonoids, proanthocyanidins, and anthocyanidins are all very helpful in the treatment of varicose veins. Foods richest in these substances include berries (blueberries and blackberries) as well as cherries, grapes, and tea.
Vitamin C in combination with a bioflavonoid called hesperidin helps promote better circulation and strengthens the walls of the veins. Lack of these nutrients has also been shown in research to increase pain in the limbs and fragility in the capillaries.
Noted naturopath Mark Stengler, ND say horse chestnut is “at the top of my list for treating varicose veins,” and he’s not alone. Horse chestnut is the number one herb for varicose veins among most practitioners.
The German Commission E approved horse chestnut for “venous insufficiency”, meaning lack of blood flow through the veins. The active constituent escin helps strengthen vein valves, walls and capillaries.
As always, we have put together a list of our favorite versions of each of these supplements, so you have the opportunity to get rid of those ugly, spidery veins at a reduced cost.
Two teaspoons of this powder provides 5 grams of soluble fiber, and it meets our criteria of having no taste or texture, so you can add it to a daily shake or sprinkle it over almost anything. As mentioned above, varicose veins are rarely seen in areas of the world where high-fiber diets are the norm.
This product contains numerous polyphenols and anthocyanins, including resveratrol —which are all excellent for promoting circulation and balancing your inflammatory response. Standardized for 95% proanthocyanidins, this supplement by Designs for Health provides a clinically meaningful dose in just two capsules a day.
We like this product because it contains bioflavonoids in addition to hesperidin complex. Alan Gaby, MD, author of the comprehensive textbook Nutritional Medicine recommends 500-1,000mg, 2-3 times a day for the treatment of varicose veins.
We recommend this product because it’s standardized to the same amount of escin used in the studies. Take 2-3 a day.
This is an interesting new combo product you might consider as it contains both horse chestnut and hesperidin, plus gotu kola and butcher’s broom. It’s a bit low on vitamin C, though, so you take it with the C-Plex by Karuna discussed above.
While it’s better to take steps to prevent varicose veins than to be worried about what to do about them once you have them, using the steps and supplements outlined today may mark the end of those ugly blue lines on your legs.
Wishing you health and happiness,
The Rockwell Nutrition Team