Are you seeing dark, bulging veins in your lower legs? Or maybe you’re noticing pain, swelling, or itchiness without any apparent cause? You may be experiencing symptoms of venous insufficiency. The best way to get rid of these symptoms for good is to see a specialist, like the vascular physicians in Orlando at Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center. Until you can schedule a consultation, there are supplements you can pick up to alleviate some of your symptoms. Be sure to consult a physician before using any of these supplements to be sure they’re right for you.
What is Venous Insufficiency?
What is causing your legs to swell or feel painful? The answer could be damaged vein valves. When your vein valves are no longer healthy enough to circulate blood back to your heart, the blood instead pools in the vein. This can create dark, bulging veins that are visible under the skin, or it can make your legs feel heavy, itchy, swollen, or restless. And that’s not all — when left alone, venous insufficiency can lead to bigger health problems like ulcers or blood clots. The following supplements can help by targeting some of these symptoms.
Horse chestnut has remained one of the most popular varicose vein remedies due to its active ingredient, Aescin. It boasts a wide range of benefits for your veins, such as minimizing swelling, shrinking blood vessels, thinning blood, increasing circulation, and reducing your risk of developing blood clots. Taking two to three doses of 300 mg horse chestnut seed daily should offer some symptomatic relief. While the benefits are vast, it’s important to only use commercially available horse chestnut extracts that strain out a dangerous toxic element. This remedy should also not be used by pregnant women or people with bleeding problems.
There are many kinds of flavonoids, but grape seed extract and rutin have shown to be the most effective for vein treatment. Grape seed extract contains flavonoids and an ingredient called oligomeric proanthocyanidin complex (OPC) which can give your circulation the help it needs. You can take between 150 to 300 mg daily, either as a pill or liquid. Meanwhile, rutin contains the flavonoid hydroxyethylrutosides (HR) which, when taking 500 mg twice a day, can help manage swelling.
Does the name of this supplement sound funny? It comes from the plant’s appearance: its spiny leaves were once used for cleaning! Butcher’s broom can also help clean up the current state of your vein health — its steroidal properties can tone the veins. And if you already have some vitamin C in your cabinet, you can use both together for an additional boost. Either 3 doses of 100 mg liquid extract or 1,000 mg capsule supplements daily should help.
This popular Asian supplement is generally used to manage swelling — including the swelling associated with varicose veins. The recommended dosage for varicose veins falls in between 90 to 120 mg taken daily, either as a tea or an extract.
Supplements can be great for managing symptoms, but they won’t get to the heart of the issue. You can see one of the vascular physicians in Orlando at Central Florida Vein & Vascular Center to get rid of the troublesome veins for good. Take the first step toward healthy, pain-free veins by calling 407-545-3385 or 352-658-5547 to schedule a consultation with one of our specialists.