Eating a balanced diet high in fiber and low in sugar and fat is crucial to maintaining healthy veins and legs. Many physicians consider the first line of therapy to be a high fiber diet with sufficient fluids. A diet too low in fiber can result in patient strain during bowel movements, which can subsequently increase pressure in the veins of the lower legs. Over time this can deteriorate vascular integrity and even worsen existing conditions.
Aside from a healthy diet, many vitamins and herbal remedies have been found to be helpful in the reduction of symptoms and prevention of venous disease. Below are some of the most common vitamins and herbal remedies taken to treat varicose veins.
You should note that though the information provided is helpful, you should seek the attention of a qualified physician before starting any treatment or therapy. Failure to do so could result in further aggravation of an existing condition.
Vitamin C: Also known as ascorbic acid and dehydroascorbic acid, vitamin C is essential in the formation of collagen, the main supportive protein of skin, and other fibrous tissue. Because collagen is essential to the growth, development, and repair of tissue, the structural and functional integrity of capillary walls depends on sufficient vitamin C. A prolonged deficiency in vitamin C not only halts construction of collagen-based structures, but also can deteriorate existing structures.
Vitamin C can be ingested in citrus fruits, tomatoes, potatoes, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, strawberries, cabbage, and spinach. Although relatively safe, excessive consumption can result in gastrointestinal disturbances, kidney stones, and excess iron absorption. Those who have a history of kidney stones should not take large amounts of vitamin C. Individuals who smoke require an additional 35 mg/d of vitamin C over that of a nonsmoker.
Vitamin E: Antioxidants such as vitamin E act to protect your cells against the effects of free radicals, which are potentially damaging by-products of energy metabolism. Free radicals can damage cells and may contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease and cancer. It is believed that vitamin E, through its ability to limit production of free radicals, might help prevent or delay the development of such chronic diseases.
Vitamin E can be found in vegetable oils, unprocessed cereal grains, nuts, fruits, vegetables, and meats. While there is no evidence of adverse effects from the consumption of vitamin E that naturally occurs in foods, excess vitamin E from supplements can cause hemorrhagic toxicity in certain individuals. Patients on anticoagulant therapy should be monitored when taking vitamin E supplements.