Varicose veins can be painful and unpleasant. They occur in both men and women and tend to worsen over time as people age.
Varicose veins develop as valves are damaged or weakened, making it harder for the vein to pump blood back to the heart. There are many factors associated with the risk of vein diseases including genetics, obesity, aging, inactivity, etc. The good news is varicose veins can sometimes be helped by a healthy diet: what you eat can have an effect on your veins.
Here are 8 Superfoods to help with Varicose Veins:
1. Chia seeds
Constipation can create extra pressure in the veins of the lower rectum, leading to the formation of varicose veins. High-fiber foods like chia seeds can improve and support the digestive functions preventing bloating and increased pressures on legs.
Like blueberries, blackberries contain flavonoid which is antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. This superfood can help strengthen veins, improve arterial health, and protect against blood clots.
Ginger is known as the anti-inflammatory superfood for varicose veins. Ginger helps improve blood flow and dissolves fibrin in blood vessels. Fibrin causes veins to become hard and lumpy. Most people have difficulty breaking down fibrin, so the increase of ginger consumption can help prevent varicose veins.
Beetroot juice is rich in nitrates, which opens up blood vessels and lowers blood pressure. Consumption of beets can help improve and support circulation naturally. This superfood also contains betacyanin, which can reduce the level of amino acids that damage blood vessels.
Watercress is rich in vitamin K and is high in B1, B2, B6, C, E Manganese, and Carotenes. It also provides iron, calcium, copper, and fiber nutrition. Watercress is considered the “cure of cures” by Hippocrates – the father of medicine. It’s especially great for vein health. The peppery taste makes it a delicious addition to salads, sandwiches, or other dishes.
Rosemary contains rosmarinic acid, a compound that can help prevent damage to tissues in the body. Rosemary can stimulate blood circulation, so it’s highly recommended for varicose veins.
Rosemary is great in soups, potatoes, or salad.
Buckwheat is high in protein and fiber. It’s a good source of the antioxidant rutin, which can improve blood flow and circulation.
Buckwheat can be used to cook porridge or baking flour.
8. Leafy Greens
Leafy green vegetables (kale and collard greens) are excellent sources of magnesium that can manage blood circulation and blood flow. Some other leafy greens such as dandelions are natural diuretics and can help reduce leg swelling.
Whether you’re seeking relief from discomfort, fatigue or unsightliness of spider or varicose veins, the Vein Clinic of Greater Kansas City works to deliver maximum results with minimum recovery time. We’ll get you back on your legs…and back to living. Contact us today for an office visit! Our vein doctor, Craig Barbieri, M.D., is board-certified in phlebology and has practiced in the Kansas City area since 1997. As director of the AestheticKC, Dr. Barbieri also brings years of experience in aesthetic procedures & experience that is especially valuable when dealing with the medical and cosmetic concerns associated with spider and varicose veins in Overland Park, Kansas City, Liberty, MO, and the KC metro.