4 Foods that are Good for Your Veins
Varicose veins are a relatively common occurrence that strikes more than half of all women and nearly as many men over the age of 50. While the condition may be common, those that develop those bulging, twisting ropes on the lower leg would likely want to get rid of them if they could. The good news is there are ways to reduce your risk of varicose veins, simply by what you choose to add to your daily diet. And if you already have a few of those veins? We can help you with that as well!
Berries are rich in flavonoids, a potent antioxidant that protects the body from free radical damage. What this means to your blood vessels is extra protection against damage that can lead to poor circulation and the formation of varicose veins. Early research also suggests flavonoids effectively combine with vitamin C to fortify vessel membranes and contribute to a healthier cardiovascular system overall. While blueberries tend to get the most recognition for their health benefits, you can also reap the same advantages with blackberries, strawberries and raspberries.
Buckwheat is another flavonoid-rich food that is especially high in the flavonoid rutin. Rutin is instrumental in keeping the smaller vessels and capillaries throughout the body healthy, which can reduce your risk for varicose veins. Buckwheat can be used in a variety of baked goods, or cooked into a delicious hot cereal. If buckwheat simply isn’t a part of your food menu, other rutin-rich foods include apples, cherries and grapes.
Citrus fruits like oranges, tangerines and lemons are busting with the important nutrient vitamin C. Vitamin C is another powerful antioxidant that protects the body from damage cause by environmental factors and the aging process. More specifically, vitamin C has been shown to protect the delicate cell membranes of your blood vessels.
Constipation that causes you to strain during bowel movements can lead to the formation of varicose veins over time. It can also lead to varicose veins forming around your rectum, an uncomfortable condition known as hemorrhoids. Eating a diet rich in fiber is the way to keep your digestive system running smoothly and the rest of your body as well. Whole grains are one of the best sources of fiber, so fill up your menu with whole grain flour and brown rice.
While the right diet can lower your risk for varicose veins, there is no guarantee your diet will prevent those veins completely. If you do develop varicose veins, minimally-invasive treatments are available today to eliminate varicose veins and their uncomfortable symptoms without putting a major crimp in your daily schedule. To learn more, contact PCI Veins at 319-774-8432.