Grape seed extract is well known for its antioxidant properties and has also shown to improve circulation and strengthen connective tissues.
Does it work for vein problems?
Some skin care products marketed for treating veins contain grape seed extract. However, there are no studies to show any effects of skin creams containing grape seed extract for treating vein problems.
Vein problems are caused by localised pooling of blood due to damage or inefficiency in the venous system. Unfortunately skin creams are therefore generally of limited benefit.
Grape seed extract can also be taken as a supplement. It is popular in France for varicose veins and other vascular problems. It contains powerful antioxidant compounds called oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs), which have been found in lab and animal studies to make blood vessels more elastic and also less likely to leak fluids that cause the leg swelling often associated with varicose veins.
There are some known risks to taking grape seed extract, so it is important to check with your doctor.
- taken with a vitamin C supplement, grape seed extract may raise blood pressure
- may increase the risk of bleeding, especially if you also take blood thinners such as warfarin (Coumadin), clopidogrel (Plavix), or aspirin
- may also interact with a number of other medications, so ask your doctor before taking it
Varicose Vein Treatment
Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer private EVLA (endovenous laser ablation) laser varicose vein removal at their London vein treatment centre with a renowned vascular surgeon with prices starting at £1,650 per leg (1 vein).
Thread vein removal is available at a selection of clinics based in London and Bristol using the latest techniques with GMC-registered doctors and surgeons.
For more information or to book a consultation, please complete the form on this web page or call 020 7386 0464.