Our circulatory system totals around 60,000 miles long — so it’s important to maintain your veins and keep each mile healthy.
Whether you suffer from large, bulging varicose veins, smaller varicose veins, spider veins or the symptoms of venous insufficiency, there are things you can do to help minimize their severity. Exercise, compression therapy, and some vein-friendly nutrition can help improve how your legs feel and work on the inside.
Our veins have a very important job of carrying deoxygenated blood from your extremities back toward the heart. When they weaken and stretch, they are unable to efficiently pump blood back toward the heart, causing reflux and pooling in the veins.
Fortunately, you can help maintain proper vascular health through healthy nutrition. Proper nutrition is beneficial for those who are predisposed to varicose veins or who already have them. Certain foods and beverages are vein-friendly because they are fortified with key ingredients proven to improve circulation and strengthen vein walls.
Nutrition for healthy veins
Foods rich in bioflavonoids (vitamin P) can help reduce varicose veins because of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities. Try these delicious bioflavonoid-rich foods to help manage your varicose vein symptoms:
- Citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruit, limes and lemons
- Apples, apricots, cherries, black currants and grapes
- Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries
- Mangos and papayas
- Onions and red bell peppers
- Buckwheat and fiber
- Broccoli, spinach and Brussels sprouts
- Garlic and cayenne
Liquid nutrition for healthy veins
- Tea, especially green tea
- Smoothies and juices
- Red wine
Keep these foods in mind while you prepare your meals, shop for groceries or dine out, so you can make smart, vein-healthy choices.