Creating a Diet for Varicose Veins
Have you started to notice thick, bulging veins in your leg, and want to do something about it through diet? While diet alone will not “cure” varicose veins, you can use diet to (1) reduce your risk for developing additional varicose veins and (2) prevent veins from worsening. Here are four recommendations for creating a diet for varicose veins.
#1 Eat Your Salicylates
If you’ve never heard of salicylates, you’re in good company; these compounds aren’t typically seen on your run-of-the-mill nutritional list. Salicylates are nature’s Aspirin. They help reduce blood clots. Many herbs and spices are rich in salicylates, including ginger, thyme, curry, and peppermint. Some fruits, such as strawberries, are also high in salicylates. (Keep in mind, blood clotting is a necessary function anytime the body is cut or bruised. Talk to your doctor about whether or not reducing your body’s ability to clot blood is a good idea for you.)
#2 Load Up on Fiber
A diet that’s low in fiber may cause constipation, which can lead to hemorrhoids and varicose veins. If you find yourself straining in bowel movements, be sure to increase your fiber intake. Whole grains, cereals, pastas, and fruits are all good foods for increasing fiber intake.
#3 Rutin (Anti-Clotting Abilities)
If you’re creating a diet for varicose veins, be sure to talk to your doctor about rutin. According to Harvard Magazine, “Harvard researchers have found that rutin, a substance contained in [apples] (as well as in onions, buckwheat, and tea), has potent anticlotting powers that could help prevent heart attack and stroke.” Rutin could also strengthen veins and capillaries, thereby reducing risk for varicose veins.
#4 Strengthen Veins With Vitamin C
Vitamin C is essential for creating elastin and collagen – two proteins that serve as the building blocks of connective tissues. Vitamin C helps maintain vascular strength. Increasing your vitamin C intake may help reduce risk for varicose veins. Be sure to also increase your vitamin E intake along with vitamin C, as these two vitamins complement each other in many ways.
For more information, talk to your doctor. Or, schedule an appointment at Valley Vein Center to get treatment for your varicose veins.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.