Have you ever thought about taking a supplements for your varicose veins? Turns out that there are some supplements that may be beneficial to support and treat varicose veins and help maintain and support a healthy circulatory system. Not all supplements are created equal. There are vitamins, which are well known and studied for support of bodily function and herbs that have less medical evidentiary support.
Vitamins as Varicose Veins Supplements:
Vitamins are found in the foods that we eat, but also are found in vitamins in tablet and capsule formation. Vitamin B3, C, and E are the most important vitamins that support circulatory health.
- Vitamin B3: Although there are many B vitamins, vitamin B3, or Niacin, is the most important to the health of the circulatory system. It has an important role in reducing cholesterol. There are dedicated supplements for Niacin, but you can also enjoy oatmeal, tuna, turkey, cheese, eggs, peanuts, pumpkin, and beans.
- Vitamin C: This is likely one of the most common vitamins, as it is seen as the vitamin that supports the immune system. It contains anti-inflammatory properties and supports the health of the vessels. You can enjoy eating oranges, lemons, broccoli, and berries.
- Vitamin E: This vitamin is likely known more for properties related to its effect on the skin, but it also supports improvements in the blood flow through the vessels. You can enjoy eating almonds, sunflower seeds, pine nuts, salmon, avocado, mango, asparagus, broccoli, and kiwi.
- Flavidnoids: This is a substance that has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and has been proven to improve the overall health of veins. You can enjoy eating berries and citrus fruits, or use of the supplement Diosmin, which is compounded using flavinoids.
Herbs as Supplements for Varicose Veins
Herbs are usually derived from the ingredients of different plants and there are also minerals that can support a healthy circulatory system. The history of herbs is varied from different countries and regions, based upon where the plant was native, but are mainly used worldwide now.
- Horse Chestnut: Comes from the Buckeye tree and contains an ingredient, aescin, which has anti-inflammatory properties and also supports the valves and walls of the vein.
- Cayenne: Is found in the tropics of the Americas. It is known to increase blood flow and aid with proper circulation.
- Chromium: Is a mineral that is only needed in small portions for overall health. It has benefits to reduce cholesterol, which supports healthy vessels.
- Gingko Biloba: Comes from the oldest known tree, the Gingko. It functions as a strong antioxidant, helps to thin the blood, and dilates the blood vessels to allow for improved blood flow.
- Butcher’s Broom: Comes from an evergreen shrub found mainly in Europe. It can help to treat the pain and swelling from varicose veins due to the anti-inflammatory effects.
A combination of vitamins and supplements may be an option to help treat your symptoms of varicose veins and support a healthy circulatory system. If you are interested in using supplements, please visit with your doctor to learn the right types and amount that are safe for your overall health and medication use.
Talk to a Vein Specialist
Speak with Dr. Julian Javier, a board certified interventional cardiologist and endovascular specialist in Naples, Florida. He will discuss your medical history, perform a thorough exam, and explain if you which specific supplements are right for you to help with the prevention and delay of varicose veins development, as well as, help you maintain and support a healthy circulatory system!