Did you know that with the right diet you could improve the health of your veins, help to prevent vein disease or even strengthen veins in need of support?
Unfortunately veins can become damaged over time, restricting blood flow and increasing the risk of chronic disease. However, with a balanced, healthy diet you can give your veins a shot of good health and improve your overall wellbeing.
A diet high in fibre helps by removing unhealthy fats before they can be absorbed by the digestive system, which means that less fatty plaque can build up within the walls of veins and arteries.
The risk for developing varicose veins increases in people who are overweight, and a high-fibre diet is a great way to help maintain a healthy body weight. Fibre-rich foods include fruits, whole wheat breads, oatmeal and brown rice.
Bioflavonoids are nutrient compounds found in dark leafy greens, grapes, berries, onions, garlic and tropical fruits such as mango and papaya. They are believed to strengthen the walls of veins and arteries, and could potentially provide pain relief and reduce swelling in varicose vein sufferers. Rutin is a bioflavonoid thought to improve poor venous tone. Buckwheat is particularly known for its rutin content.
Vitamins C, E, and B3 are all essential nutrients and each plays
a role in promoting healthy veins. Vitamin C helps to keep vein walls flexible and strong by aiding in the creation of collagen and elastin. Foods high in vitamin C include citrus fruits, peppers, broccoli and kale. Vitamin E is an essential vitamin that helps prevent blood clots from forming in blood vessels. It can be found in some nuts like almonds, and greens such as spinach.
Vitamin B3 can help to reduce atherosclerosis, or stiffening of the artery walls, to keep blood vessels durable and flexible.
Antioxidant-rich food can improve the function of your vascular system. Berries are a great source of antioxidants – think strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. Berries also contain tannins, which protect against blood vessel leakage and free radicals.
Onions are also a great antioxidant; full of vitamin B6, zinc, potassium, protein, folic acid, fiber, calcium, selenium and vitamin C.
Foods high in sodium can cause the body to retain fluid, which could increase damage to the veins. By reducing sodium or salt intake and upping water consumption, the fluids in your tissues can begin to balance out. Sodium is not just salt added at the dinner table – you’ll find it hidden in canned soups, deli meats, salad dressings, sauces and fast food.
Vein problems may not always be preventable, but eating a healthy, balanced diet in addition to regular exercise can help to minimise the severity of the problems or even alleviate symptoms. If you’re suffering from varicose veins or spider veins, call us today to learn more about how we can help you.