Summer Harvest Selections that are Good for Your Veins
Summer may be nearing a close, but the fruits (and vegetables) of the season promise to provide a myriad of benefits for many months to come. Some of those fresh, raw foods can even benefit your veins, lowering your risk for developing varicose veins or helping you to manage the symptoms of veins that have already occurred. The staff at PCI Vein Center has a list of summer harvest treats that promise healthy benefits for your veins – and the rest of your body.
Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are all brimming with important nutrients like flavonoids, which promote a healthy vascular system overall. Blackberries are a particularly good source of rutin specifically, a flavonoid that may prevent vessels from becoming fragile and developing varicose veins. Tannins, also found in abundance in berries, are potent antioxidant compounds that protect the body (including the vessels) from free radical damage.
In addition to a healthy dose of flavonoids, citrus fruits are rich in antioxidant nutrients like vitamin C. This important vitamin may actually help to strengthen vessels, while protecting them against free radical damage. Hesperidine, a bioflavonoid found in citrus fruits, has also been linked to a healthier vascular system and has been used to treat a range of venous conditions.
Spinach, kale and Brussel sprouts are all good sources of an important nutrient known as quercetin. This substance has been shown to benefit the circulatory system in a number of ways, including serving as a natural preventative for varicose veins. Dark green leafy vegetables like broccoli and cabbage are also high in vitamin C, which helps to prevent and repair free radical damage throughout the body.
This summer staple has also proven its worth with a wealth of healthy benefits. Avocados are rich in both vitamin E and vitamin C, two important antioxidants that offer protection and healing properties. This yummy fruit also contains a significant amount of glutathione, a molecule that has been shown to protect the vascular system from damage.
Apples may be thought of as a fall fruit, but it’s not too early to begin reaping the benefits of this fibrous food. Apples are another good source of flavonoids, including rutin, and also contain large amounts of fiber. Fiber has been shown to contribute to a healthy vascular system and prevent the formation of varicose veins. It is also essential to a healthy digestive system and helps you maintain a healthy weight.
The right foods can go far in keeping your body at optimal health and preventing a hose of conditions, including varicose veins. However, if those bulging veins have already appeared, even the healthiest diet won’t make them go away. Fortunately, the staff at PCI Vein Center has plenty of minimally-invasive treatment options that eliminate varicose veins without a major disruption to your daily life. To learn more, contact PCI Vein Center at 319-774-8432.