While it’s true that varicose and spider veins can be hereditary, they are also largely the result of our lifestyle. In either case, however, there are things we can do to help promote our vascular health and thereby reduce the risk of varicose veins from occurring. I addressed one of these preventative issues a couple months ago when I discussed how exercise can work to prevent varicose veins. But there are also certain foods we can incorporate into our diet that contain particular ingredients that have been known to combat varicose and spider veins.
While the term “super food” may get thrown around too often, blueberries might truly be just that. These berries have been shown to be one of the healthiest foods we can eat. The list of their benefits is extensive, and one of the advantages is that they can help prevent varicose veins. Blueberries help neutralize enzymes that break down our connective tissue. They also contribute to the overall health of our vascular system by repairing damaged proteins in the blood vessel walls.
Ginger has long been a food known for its healing qualities and is often used to treat varicose veins and promote circulation. Fibrin is a protein that causes veins to become lumpy and hard, therefore a person that has difficulty breaking down fibrin may develop varicose veins. Ginger, however, has been shown to break down fibrin in the blood vessels. If you add ginger to your diet, it is recommended that you use fresh ginger, as it is most effective.
Avocados have multiple compounds that help fight varicose veins. First off, they are rich in both vitamin C and E, which are two important vitamins for vascular health. Additionally, avocados contain glutathoine, which is a molecule that protects veins and arteries from oxidant damage.
Beets contain a compound called betacyanin which has been known to greatly reduce natural amino acids that can damage blood vessels. Additionally, the leaves atop the beets are also highly nutritious, so don’t throw them out. You can use them as a substitute for spinach in almost any meal.
Asparagus can help to strengthen veins and capillaries, and the stronger your veins are, the less likely they are to burst or rupture.
Other Foods: foods rich in fiber, foods rich in vitamin C, many fruits (especially cherries, apples, apricots, and pineapple), watercress, rosemary, lentils, buckwheat, and be sure that you are drinking plenty of water.
We should always be aware of our diet and what we are putting into our bodies so that we can live as healthy a lifestyle as possible. But if you find yourself more at risk for varicose veins, be sure to integrate these foods into your diet.
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