Natural Approach to Varicose Veins
Saturday, January 1st 2005
Looking Good Feeling Good
Millions of middle-aged people around the world, including thousands in New Zealand, experience enlarged vein problems in their legs which cause aching, discomfort, are of cosmetic concern or perhaps even reflect a more serious concern. This problem occurs when blood flow is restricted in the veins, often resulting in leakage, nobbling and discolouration.
Causes of Leg Vein Problems
Leg circulation can be impaired by any of the following:
Pressure from excessive standing, heavy lifting, obesity or pregnancy
Cell damage that weakens the vein walls and reduces tissue tone
Obstruction or defects resulting from trauma (injury), infection, plaque or oedema (fluid retention)
Keys to Healthy Leg Veins
An effective programme for improving leg vein health should include these goals:
Improve circulation to and within the lower extremities
Strengthen the vein walls and improve tissue tone
Reduce tissue pressure/swelling resulting from excess fluid retention
Support tissue and collagen repair especially when trauma is involved
Taking regular walks and avoiding prolonged standing or sitting in one position is good advice.
Which Herbs and Nutrients Work Best
A naturally effective formula such as Nature's Way Leg Veins which combines the following nutrients in their optimal, professionally evaluated ratios can help you maintain healthy, more youthful looking legs.
Horsechestnut Extract contains aescin which has been clinically shown to support healthy circulation in the lower legs.
OPC's (Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins) from high quality grape seeds are powerful antioxidants that strengthen capillary walls and improve resistance to blood flow leakage.
Vitamin C is an important co-factor to OPCs in the creation and preservation of collagen proteins.
Cayenne supports circulation.
Prickly Ash promotes proper blood flow and inhibits inflammation
Butchers's Broom has been researched in Europe for its anti-inflammatory and anti-vasoconstrictive properties.
Dandelion acts as a mild diuretic to alleviate swelling and fluid retention.
This powerful combination in Nature's Way Leg Veins can provide wonderful benefits for healthy legs.
Horsechestnut Can Relieve Fluid Retention
Oedema is tissue swelling, often in the legs and ankles, caused by the abnormal accumulation of fluid between cells and often worse in the summer time. This may be the result of several different factors but if poor circulation is the cause, Horsechestnut seed extract can be as effective as the conventional treatment of compression stockings.
These results were demonstrated at 19 hospitals, clinics and private practices in Germany over a 12 week study involving 240 women patients, average age 52 years. They had swelling in the lower legs and had not received any conventional drugs for this condition for six weeks prior to entering the study. Daily intake of Horsechestnut extract decreased the volume of excess fluid in the lower legs of patients - equivalent to the compression stockings. (The Lancet 347:8997 1996)
Nature's Way Standardized Horsechestnut Extract capsules (purple label) contain 250mg Horsechestnut (at a ratio of 5-8:1) and provides a recognized 20% of the active ingredient aescin. It also contains 100mg Calendula flowers.
Reproduced unabridged from the January - March 2005 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.
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