4 Food Tips That Can Help You Achieve Healthier Veins

Often times, when you hear about improving your veins people think about the most common vein issues; varicose veins or spider veins. Sure, varicose veins can impact the visual appearance of your legs, hands, and feet, but it’s also important to improve your veins for better inner body health.

Your veins are the gateway to your heart and impact your blood circulation. In fact, we eat foods to keep our body healthy, right? Why not incorporate foods into your diet that are going to help you achieve healthier veins? The following user-friendly guide discusses four food options that can improve your veins.

4 Foods That Can Improve Your Vein Health

1. Vitamin C

Foods rich in vitamin C can actually tone and strengthen your veins. Include more vitamin C into your diet to improve your veins by eating more fruits and vegetables. You should eat as many fruits and vegetables with vitamin C as you can on a daily basis.

Fruits:

  • strawberries
  • kiwi
  • mango
  • pineapples
  • oranges

Vegetables:

  • Brussels sprouts
  • kale
  • bell peppers
  • broccoli

2. Fiber

A lack of fiber can lead to constipation that causes straining and can damage the valves of the veins. By incorporating more fiber into your diet, you can reduce constipation and improve the function of your veins. Do your best to incorporate more fiber in your diet by adding it to your meals and finding unique recipes that include fiber.

Fiber Packed Foods:

  • oats
  • carrots
  • flaxseed
  • peas
  • apples

Bonus tip:  If you add a lot of fiber to your diet, make sure you increase your water intake. Too much fiber and not enough water can cause constipation as well.

3. Colorful foods

Colorful foods can do a lot to reduce the appearance of varicose veins. In fact, the natural bioflavonoids found in colorful foods can also ease swelling, stress, and pain. Bioflavonoids can also obstruct free radical stress inside your vessels. For this reason, it’s important to eat as many foods packed with bioflavonoids as you can.

Foods & Fruits Rich In Bioflavonoids:

  • citrus fruits
  • red/yellow onions
  • raspberries
  • blueberries

4. Nitrates

Food rich in nitrates will help the flow of blood throughout the veins and get oxygen to the muscles quicker. Nitrates are a vasodilator. Vasodilators dilate (or widen) the blood vessels, which improves blood flow and allows more oxygen-rich blood to reach the heart muscle. Nitrates also relax the veins to ease the workload on the heart when blood is returning to the heart from the arms and legs.

Foods Rich In Nitrates:

  • beets
  • salmon
  • radishes

Hidden Bonus to Eating Better

The bottom line is, try to incorporate these foods into your diet on a daily basis. Over time, it will become a new “norm” to include the fruits, veggies, and food mentioned above into your diet to improve the health and wellness of your veins. Best of all, eating better can also help you lose weight.

If you suffer from varicose or spider veins, the Vein Clinic of Kansas City can help. Give us a call at (913) 541-3377 or contact us online.