If you are like many Americans, you may have grown up hearing your Mom say, “Take your vitamins!” you may hear her voice ringing in your head when you discover you have varicose veins. It turns out that certain vitamins can go a long way toward staving off varicose veins by promoting better circulation and stronger vein walls. While you may want to go forward with varicose vein treatment on the ugly varicose veins already plaguing your legs right now, you may want to consider adding more vitamins to your diet as well.
Certain vitamins have a better track record than others in helping with varicose vein treatment. Here are the top contenders and how you can get more of them into your diet:
Vitamin B Complex
The reason we have to use the word “complex” is there are actually a lot of closely related B vitamins that cluster into a complex. These include biotin, folate (folic acid), niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12. The B vitamins are known for their ability to prevent varicose veins and reduce the need for varicose vein treatment by strengthening the vein walls themselves. This makes your veins stronger and better able to pump blood against gravity. When you have veins with better tone, you also give varicose veins that are starting to form less ability to pool blood that is backing up.
All meat and seafood is exceptionally high in B vitamins but the liver and other internal organs is the highest of all! Also, animals raised on a more natural diet like grass fed beef and wild salmon have more B vitamins. Eggs, beans, lentils, molasses, and nutritional yeast are also quite high in the B vitamins. All of these foods will help you with your varicose vein treatment.
Like vitamin B, vitamin C is also good at strengthening vein walls. It’s also great at promoting better circulation in the lower extremities and in promoting collagen which helps keep your veins strong. Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants in the world which can help heal veins that become damaged.
Most people know that oranges are high in vitamin C. However, lemons have more than TWICE the vitamin C than oranges. Therefore, just squeezing some lemon juice over your food, or into your drinks, is a very easy way to get more vitamin C. You can also add lemon zest to your soups and salads for a nice fresh taste and an ample dose of vitamin C. Green leafy vegetables are another good source of vitamin C. Making sure you increase your vitamin C is a good way to improve your odds that your varicose veins don’t come back after you undergo varicose vein treatments like laser therapy and sclerotherapy.
Vitamin E is really good at making platelets less sticky so they do not form clots on vein walls that lead to varicose veins! This is why they are such a good complement to other forms of varicose vein treatment. Vitamin E skin cream can also be used in areas on your legs or other parts of your body where your varicose veins are the worst. In this way, you can you use this natural treatment of varicose veins on both the inside of your body and the outside!
One of the best foods for vitamin E is mushrooms, all varieties! You can buy them fresh or keep some dried ones on hand to drop into soups, sauces, and casseroles. With fresh mushrooms, you can significantly increase the vitamin E content by putting them in direct sunshine for an hour or more! No kidding, this actually works! Go ahead, sun that big portobello and have a portobelloburgar for dinner tonight while you load up on vitamin E! While they can’t compete with mushrooms, other foods that have a good amount of vitamin E include nuts, avocados, and broccoli.
Vitamins alone are not going to cure your varicose veins or even prevent new ones from forming. However, they will improve your odds, especially if you combine this natural treatment with more traditional varicose vein treatment at vein centers like Metro Vein Centers. If you elect to have this type of procedure, it’s a wise decision to work with the best vein doctors in the business and they would be working at at Metro Vein Centers.