Good diet is one of the recommended measures for patients with varicose veins, or for whom varicose veins run in the family.
A sensible diet can help to maintain a healthy weight, which is important as being overweight is known to increase the risk of varicose veins. Eating well can also help to provide good levels of vitamins and minerals; but where there is any concern about vitamin deficiencies, it can be helpful to know what vitamins might be helpful for those with varicose veins.
Every vitamin has a different set of roles to play and those that are important to circulation and immunity may be helpful for those with, or at risk of developing, varicose veins. These key vitamins are important to maintaining health and could have particular benefit to vascular conditions:
- Vitamin A – keeps tissues and skin healthy. Sources include liver, carrots, broccoli
- Vitamin C – can help circulation by reducing blood clotting tendencies. Sources include: fruit and vegetables
- Vitamin D – can relieve leg cramps when taken with calcium and magnesium. Vitamin D is produced when the skin is exposed to the sun. Sources include fatty fish or eggs
- Vitamin E – is an antioxidant for cardiovascular health, a blood thinner, improves circulation and is also an anti-inflammatory. Generally helps with circulation, which can in turn alleviate the heavy feeling in the legs. Sources include: kiwi, avocado, eggs, milk, nuts, leafy green vegetables
Vitamins are generally best delivered through a healthy balanced diet. If you are looking at supplements, ensure that you are taking them appropriately and do not exceed the recommended daily allowance. If in doubt, consult a doctor before taking supplements.
For most people, once varicose veins have appeared, it is a case of preventing them from worsening. Lifestyle and dietary changes are always beneficial, yet unlikely to fully resolve the problem.
For severe varicose veins, surgery or laser treatment is the only way to fully resolve the problem.
Varicose Vein Removal
Modern varicose vein surgery is provided in private clinics on a day case basis and uses advanced laser treatment for a surprisingly comfortable experience. There is no general anaesthetic, no hospital stay and patients can walk out of the clinic with the varicose veins gone.
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).
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