Dietary deficiencies or the loss of skin elasticity due to aging can be major factors causing varicose veins. As we age, the valves and veins in the legs lose some of their strength and muscle tone. Veins begin to stretch and weaken causing pooling in the lower legs and ankles increasing the risk of developing varicose veins, leg heaviness and pain.
Varicose veins can be painful mentally as well as physically. If you’re fearful about what the consequences may be for your health because of varicose veins or spider veins, take heart, making small changes in your diet can make a huge difference in how you feel about yourself and will give you smoother, more attractive legs!
To ease varicose veins and spider veins, it is recommended that you consume at least 30 grams of fiber a day from whole foods.
These foods ease varicose vein symptoms while strengthening leg vein walls:
- plenty of fresh fruits, including berries, cherries and citrus fruit making sure to nibble on the inside of the rinds to obtain maximum amounts of vitamin C and bioflavanoids.
- plenty of steamed vegetables such as spinach, cabbage, carrots, turnips and cauliflower for fibre.
- ginger, garlic and onions help break down the fibrin surrounding the varicose veins. Without adding these foods to your diet, varicose veins will continue to multiply.
- whole grains, especially buckwheat and millet, oats, barley, beans, peas, lentils, baked potato with the skin, brown rice and whole wheat. The fibre in whole grains takes some of the pressure off varicose veins and prevents constipation.
- seeds, nuts, raisins, figs and dates.
- flavonoid-rich foods such as yams, onions, grapes and berries.
- plenty of fish.
Food to be avoided, these foods worsen varicose vein symptoms:
- bread, peeled potatoes and starchy foods cause constipation which can put more pressure on leg veins.
- all condiments, salt, alcohol, coffee, strong tea, fried foods, processed and refined foods, white flour products, white sugar and white sugar products, cheeses and ice cream. These foods can be constipating and can cause sluggish circulation, leg pain and cramps associated with varicose veins.
- it is recommended to cut down on red meat as much as possible and restrict fatty animal protein to prevent worsening your symptoms.
Varicose vein creams and lotions made with safe but powerful herbs and essential oils stimulate sluggish circulation in the legs and help pump blood back up to the heart, increasing leg energy, comfort and ease.
Look for creams that contain calendula, horse chestnut and gingko biloba. These herbs enhance circulation, significantly reduce pain and swelling and regenerate weak veins.