Nutrients you need for Vein Health!

Sure we’ve talked about specific foods on this blog before, but do you know why these foods are good for you and your veins??? It’s the nutrients!

The vascular system consists of arteries, veins and other blood vessels that deliver oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to every cell in your body. The arteries and veins can become damaged over time, hindering blood flow and increasing the risk of chronic disease. Certain nutrients can help to keep the arteries and veins strong and elastic for lasting overall health. These include:

Fiber

Not only does fiber help with overall nutrition and digestive function, it also reduces the risk of other disorders including high cholesterol, which has a direct effect on the vascular system. Dietary fiber helps to remove unhealthy fats from the digestive system before your body can absorb them. Excess blood cholesterol can lead to fatty plaques in the blood vessels, weakening the walls of the arteries and increasing the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.

Bioflavonoids

Bioflavonoids are plant pigments that are largely responsible for the colors in fruits and vegetables. These nutrient compounds are found in foods such as dark leafy greens, dark berries, garlic and onions- they are also found in cranberries, blueberries and grape seed. They help to strengthen the walls and valves of blood vessels helping to reduce blood leakage.

Vitamin C

Nope, not just for colds! It’s also needed to manufacture the elastic fibers collagen and elastin, which keep the walls of the veins and arteries flexible and strong. This helps the vascular walls resist pressure and contract after dilating due to blood flow. It also keeps the valves of the veins from leaking

Vitamin E

Yes, we’re just going down the alphabet, however Vitamin E is an essential nutrient that helps keep blood-clotting proteins called platelets from sticking together and forming clots in the blood vessels. This promotes artery and vein health and healthy blood circulation throughout your body.

Niacin

A.K.A-.Vitamin B3, also known as niacin, is an essential nutrient that is also used in the treatment of high cholesterol in some patients. Niacin also helps to reduce atherosclerosis, or stiffening of the artery walls, to keep the blood vessels durable and flexible.

Try and incorporate these nutrients into your diet to be on top of your vein health!

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