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Varicose Veins

Varicose veins develop when blood pools in veins. It occurs when the vein walls lose their elasticity and become dilated causing the blood to flow more slowly than normal. The problem usually occurs in veins near the skin surface, causing unsightly bulges at the back of the legs.

Varicose veins most often occur in women over 50. They can also occur in people who are pregnant, over weight, have chronic constipation, or who sit or stand for extended periods of time. They also tend to run in families.

Varicose veins can be painful. They often cause the leg to ache and feel heavy.
How to Help Avoid Varicose Veins
Exercising regularly keeps circulation healthy
Keep your weight within the normal range for your height
Eat a healthy high fiber diet - this keeps your body in shape and avoids constipation
Cut down on salt - too much salt can stress veins
Avoid heavy lifting
Avoid standing or sitting for prolonged periods
Avoid crossing your legs when sitting
Wear support stockings when you must be on your feet for extended periods.
Supplements Worth Considering
Vitamin C - 2000 - 4000mg daily (with Bioflavanoids if possible) This keeps veins and capillaries strong and healthy.
Vitamin E - 400 IU - The worst potential side effect of varicose veins is blood clots. Vitamin E has been shown to reduce the risk of blood clots.
Bioflavanoids - These will also keep blood vessels strong and healthy. Bioflavonoids are found in dark colored berries like cherries, blackberries, blueberries, bilberries, the white material found under the peel of citrus fruits, peppers and buckwheat.
Horse Chestnut Extract helps strengthen blood vessels
Bilberry Extract - rich in Bioflavonoids
Butcher's Broom helps strengthen blood vessels
Gotu Kola helps improve circulation
Witch Hazel applied topically helps sooth painful legs