8 Foods for Healthy Veins and Vascular Health

While there are treatments and procedures able to help cure and prevent spider and varicose veins from a cosmetic standpoint, their ongoing development can also cause major problems in surrounding body systems, such as risks of blood clotting, additional swelling and gradual varicose vein enlargement.  Taking appropriate measures prior to experiencing extreme symptoms is key in protecting not only your vein health but also overall health.

Nutrition and exercise are two of the most important contributing factors to preventing varicose and spider vein development.  Here are 8 super foods that may help keep your veins healthy, happy and keep blood flowing!

  1. Blueberries

Due to the high concentration of anthocyanins (flavonoid pigments), blueberries contribute to the health of the collagen matrix by neutralizing enzymes that destroy connective tissue and scavenging free radicals throughout the body. They also help repair damaged proteins in the blood vessel walls and promote the overall health of the vascular system. As an additional source of both soluble and insoluble fiber, these Vitamin E powerhouses are crucial in the diet.

  1. Watercress

Historically, watercress is known as the “cure of cures” by the father of medicine himself, Hippocrates.  Cruciferous plants like watercress are shown to be helpful in lower LDL-Cholesterol levels therefore reducing risks of cardiovascular disease and even chronic heart disease.  Lowing LDL levels will prevent plaque buildup in cell walls, eliminating areas of clotting.

  1. Avocado

Packed with Vitamins C and E, avocados are a key food for vascular health.  Additionally, avocados contain high concentrations of glutathione, a tripeptide molecule the works to protect the heart, veins and arteries from oxidation damage.

  1. Rosemary

Rosemary stimulates circulation and therefore plays a roll in preventing varicose vein symptoms from occurring.  Rosemary, like other herbs, contains a plant polyphenol that can help protect tissues from free radical damages, and ursolic acid to strengthen capillaries.

  1. Beets

Known for their rich color, beets are an antioxidant powerhouse! The phytochemical responsible for their color, betacyanin, is known to reduce levels of homocysteine, a naturally occurring amino acid that can often cause damage to blood vessels.

  1. Ginger

In herbal medicine especially, ginger is used to help prevent varicose vein development for its ability to dissolve fibrin in blood vessels and improve circulation.  In most varicose and spider vein cases, patients have an impaired ability to break down fibrin, an insoluble protein that causes veins to become lumpy and hard.

  1. Asparagus

Known as one of the best artery-clearing foods, asparagus works to release pressure in veins and arteries throughout the entire body system.

  1. Buckwheat

Rich in rutin, buckwheat is recommended due to its ability to promote vascular health. Additionally as a great source of fiber, buckwheat also contains all 8 essential amino acids, all of which are needed for tissue repair.

 

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