We’re all familiar with the phrase “you are what you eat”. Healthy eating can also have positive effects on our veins!
Here are some examples key ingredients that you can integrate into your meals to promote vascular health and reduce the risk of developing painful varicose veins.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are a great way to consume large amounts of fiber, which not only promote healthy bowel and colon function, but have rich compounds that can prevent varicose veins and reduce the discomfort of existing varicose veins.
Blackberries and cherries are great sources of fiber rich fruits that are vein friendly.
There are a variety of vitamins and minerals that are effective at alleviating vein symptoms and reducing varicose and spider vein occurrence. Vitamins A and C help with circulation while B-Complex helps maintain strong blood vessels. Also helpful are foods that contain bioflavonoids, which increase vein health.
Food’s containing bioflavonoids include all citrus fruits, especially the white rind parts.
Back away from the salt!
Just about all foods in a balanced diet contain adequate amounts of salt on their own, which means there is no reason for additional sodium in one’s diet. Increased levels of salt in the diet can create swelling which often results from water retention, a direct result of sodium in the diet.
To add flavor to food without using salt, consider a sodium alternative or other natural ground spices like turmeric or basil.