Tuesday, May 6, 2014

10 natural remedies to eliminate varicose veins


Varicose veins are swollen, raised veins which could be tender and painful and cause the legs to feel tired, achy, tight and heavy. In general, they do not pose any significant health risks, although they could be uncomfortable and unsightly. Some supplements can help provide relief. 

How they happen

About half of middle-aged Americans have some form of varicose veins. Poor diets (low-fiber and high-fat), lack of physical activity and obesity can burden the veins, while women who are pregnant or who have hormonal imbalances are also more susceptible to the condition.

Other risk factors include genetic weakness in the veins or their valves, liver disease, nutritional deficiencies and prolonged sitting or standing.

Arteries bring blood from the heart to various parts of the body, while veins bring the blood back to the heart. Unlike arteries, veins cannot depend on the pumping action of the heart to transport blood. Instead, blood movement in veins is brought about by the contraction and relaxation of the muscles around them. Veins have valves which ensure that blood only flows in one direction.

When these valves malfunction, vein walls are weakened or there is poor circulation, blood flow could be hampered. This causes blood accumulation in the veins, weakening them and causing them to stretch and bulge. Varicose veins usually appear on the legs -- where the veins are constantly working against gravity -- and the anus, where they are called hemorrhoids.

Helpful supplements 

James Balch, MD, and Mark Stengler, ND, recommended these supplements:

• Bilberry -- boosts blood circulation and helps strengthen capillary walls. Take a standardized extract with 25% anthocyanosides, at a dose of 160 mg twice per day.

• Horse chestnut -- strengthens vein walls and valves, boosts circulation and alleviates swelling. Take a standardized extract with 100 mg of aescin daily.

• Butcher's broom -- reduces inflammation in veins. Take a standardized extract with 200-300 mg of ruscogenins daily.

• Grape seed extract -- contains compounds which boost circulation and improve vein wall integrity. Take 200-300 mg daily.

• Vitamin E -- thins the blood, promoting blood flow and alleviating inflammation in veins. Take 400 IU twice daily.

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