In our last blog, we explored the careers that make people more vulnerable to varicose veins. When the cause of varicose veins is distilled down, they’re really just a by-product of imbalanced blood circulation in veins. If you’re prone to varicose veins because of your profession or other circumstances, here at Venocure, we have the medical technology to help mitigate the unsightly appearance of them. According to the Department of Health and Human Science, about 50 percent of women and 40 percent of men in the US suffer from a vein disorder. Varicose veins are a common issue, so you’re not alone. Varicose veins tend to develop later in life, when the elasticity of tissue starts to decrease and inflammation increases.
To prevent new varicose veins from forming, there are some crucial nutrients that can help support healthy blood circulation. Read more below about these nutrients.
How to improve your circulation through nutrients
Adding circulation-boosting nutrients and foods to your diet can greatly complement a preventative regimen for varicose veins, when also paired with movement and exercise.
Cayenne – this plant has been used for thousands of years to help support blood circulation. The active compound in cayenne is referred to as capsaicin, and is a catalyst for improving blood circulation. Capsaicin increases the strength of other herbs, so pairing it with another blood booster, increases its effectiveness. Clinical studies have shown that when cayenne is used in conjunction with ginkgo biloba, it’s 75 percent more effective than when it’s used alone. The beauty of cayenne is that it improves circulation, thus ushering nutrients to other tissues at an accelerated speed.
Capsaicin is so an effective circulation-booster because of its ability to reach into the smallest of capillaries and helps to oxygenate the blood and get everything moving adequately. Use cayenne daily to help with blood circulation. You can add cayenne to your cooking, or simply mix a quarter teaspoon of it in water and drink it. The recommendation is to increase the amount every week, until you reach a tablespoon. If you prefer, you can find cayenne supplements online or in your natural foods store.
Ginger – this root is a wonderful addition to any diet to help reduce the appearance of spider veins. Ginger helps support blood thinning and a healthy blood pressure that results in improved circulation. Because of the small sizes of spider veins in the body, the heart has to work harder to pump blood through veins, so taking ginger will help ease some of the strain. Ginger also breaks up the blood protein called Fibrin, which forms in injured areas of veins producing the dark bulge. Like cayenne, you can incorporate ginger in your daily regimen. Enjoy it in tea, or slice some up and eat it! If the taste is too strong, ginger supplements are also available.
Gotu Kola – this plant — a member of the parsley family — increases blood flow and reduces swelling in the body. Gotu Kola contains an active compound called triterpenic fraction (TTFCA). This compound is beneficial for people who suffer from varicose veins because it stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. These connective tissues are crucial for maintaining the internal lining and walls of veins; stronger veins means fewer varicose veins. Gotu Kola is available in many forms, but if you can get your hands on the seeds and grow it, this is the easiest way. The herb has no taste, so adding it to your cooking and salads is effortless. It also is available in dried herb form, and in capsules.
Garlic – this food is beneficial for many different functions in the body, including blood circulation. Garlic also helps break down Fibrin, to help distribute everything more evenly, and it helps support inflammation balance in the body. You can consume garlic raw or cooked, but be sure to cut or smash it to release all of the favorable phosphorus compounds including allicin. For a more therapeutic dosage, take a garlic supplement.
Vitamin C – Consuming an increased amount of vitamin C in oranges and other citrus fruits aids varicose veins by strengthening capillary walls and preventing plaque build up which attributes poor circulation.
Horse Chestnut – this seed is used for circulation issues where veins do not return blood from their legs to their heart. Horse Chestnut may not aid in the presence of varicose veins, but it will help with the side effects of poor circulation including pain and swelling in the legs. The active compound is aescin, which helps support normal vessel-wall functions. In addition, it may also inhibit enzymes that damage the capillary walls, thus strengthening veins.
Venocure is here to help
If you’re supplementing with the nutrients above for varicose vein prevention, but would like to reduce the appearance of the ones you already have, schedule an appointment with us! We’re here for you to help you get the results you desire.
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