April 17


Varicose Vein Supplements

By Dr. Edward Mackay

April 17, 2019

Varicose Vein Supplements

Is there a supplement for everything? The answer is just about. If you have read articles online or in magazines, you have likely come across plenty of different supplements that are recommended for your specific ailment or overall health. There are even supplements that help with the treatment of varicose veins

The use of supplements provides another means to treat and reduce symptoms from varicose veins.

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Supplements as a Combination Prevention & Treatment

Supplements are best used as an additional treatment, rather than the only treatment. It is important to continue elevating the legs, using compression stockings, and daily exercise for treatment as well.

Vitamins & Herbs for Varicose Veins

Herbs and vitamins are among the common supplements that are seen over the counter. The main difference between the two is that vitamins are essential nutrients that may also be consumed regularly in the diet and herbs are not routinely ingested in the diet. Another key difference is that vitamins have been studies more, with more medical support to their use, where as herbs have been less studies, but are used routinely through naturopathic specialists.

The key vitamins for the support of the circulatory system are vitamins C, B, and E. 
  • Vitamin C has antioxidant properties that can reduce cell damage and also boosts collagen, an abundant protein in the body. 

    Eat: Oranges, lemons, tomatoes, berries, and broccoli.

  • Vitamin B, well there are a lot of B vitamins, but in specific we are talking about Vitamin B3, also known as Niacin. Niacin is beneficial for cholesterol lowering properties and support of improved circulation.
    Eat: Bananas, lentils, brown rice, wheat, turkey, and tuna.
  • Vitamin E prevents platelets, the clot forming cell, from sticking together and also improves blood circulation.
    Eat: Spinach, broccoli, and kiwi
  • Flavinoids aren’t actually vitamins, but can enhance the effect of Vitamin C. A well known supplement, Diosmin contains these powerful flavinoids. They are known for their anti-inflammatory benefits and effects on the smallest blood vessels, the capillaries.
    Eat: Berries, apples, and citrus fruits.
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Herbs & Plants to reduce inflammation, cholesterol and improve blood flow.

Many of the herbs used come from plants and have specific ingredients that have been found to reduce inflammation, reduce cholesterol, and improve blood flow. Herbs can be more popular in a certain region or country due to availability and where the herb grows. Some of the more common herbs for varicose veins are:

  • Cayenne
  • Gingko biloba
  • Horse Chestnut Extract
  • Grape Seed Extract
  • Chromium
  • Butcher’s Broom

Possible Dangers of Supplements & Herbs

Vitamins and herbs aren’t without risk. Depending on your overall health, medical history, and daily medications, there can be dangers to using certain supplements. Some supplements may interact with medications, either increasing or decreasing their effectivity. In addition, there are some medical conditions that would require close monitoring or avoidance of use of specific supplements.

You can take too many vitamins, particularly if you are using a daily vitamin and then are taking a vitamin specific supplement as well. The key to using supplements for the additional treatment of varicose veins is to see you doctor to know what supplements and how much is safe for you to use on a daily basis. 

Meet ABMS Board Certified Surgeon, Dr. Mackay

 Contact the office of Dr. Edward Mackay, a board certified vascular surgeon providing services to patients in the Tampa area to learn more about supplements for varicose veins and other treatment options.

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