There seems to be a proper diet for everything these days, but you many not realize that eating right can also help you avoid or treat vein disease. Although heredity plays a role in varicose veins and other vein disease, genetics are not the only reason that vein problems occur. There are some lifestyle habits within your control that can keep veins healthy, too. Your Florida vein doctor will recommend certain dietary elements that can help you avoid or reduce your chances of getting varicose veins and other circulatory problems. The vascular surgeons at your Tampa vein clinic may recommend that you add the following items to your diet (or consider supplements) to improve your vein health. Be sure to discuss diet and supplement dosage and details with your physician before making changes.
Fiber Rich Foods Promote Vein Health
The Mayo Clinic recommends 25 grams of fiber daily for women and 38 grams for men, with slightly less for people over 50 years of age. By helping to prevent straining during bowel movements, fiber eases downward pressure on lower body veins–potentially causing varicose veins. (Hemorrhoids, by the way, are a type of varicose veins.) Added to the effects of gravity, the pressure makes it harder for blood to flow up from the legs. As a result, veins can stretch and vein valves may be overwhelmed causing poor circulation while reducing nutrient and oxygen distribution in your body. Blood can pool in the lower body and lower legs, leading to bulging, varicose vein development. To help avoid all this, choose brown rice, whole wheat bread and pasta. Also add oatmeal, barley, lentils and beans to your diet. Eat your fruits and vegetables complete with peels to get the most fiber content.
Essential Vitamins E and C Are Good for Veins
Increase the Vitamin C in your diet to prevent or slow the occurrence of varicose veins. Vitamin C and E strengthen vein walls and encourage proper blood circulation. Get your vitamin E from nuts, olive oil and dark green vegetables like asparagus, spinach and mustard, turnip or beet greens. Include peanuts, almonds and sunflower seeds in your eating plan, too. You’ll find vitamin C in oranges, kiwi fruit, cantaloupe, papaya, pineapples and even broccoli.
Flavonoids Are Part of a Healthy Vein Diet
Vascular surgeons and nutritionists recommend natural plant chemicals called flavonoids to help protect blood vessels from leakage. For healthier veins, the University of Maryland Medical Center recommends eating dark berries, spinach, garlic, onions, broccoli, Swiss chard and other leafy greens together with fruits and vegetables that are full of vitamin C. Eaten together, flavonoids and vitamin C can decrease the occurrence of varicose veins.
Unfortunately, a healthy diet won’t remove any already existing varicose veins. For specialized, minimally invasive vein treatment, see noted Florida vein doctor, Dr. Gamal Wazni, at his Tampa vein clinic or the Largo clinic. Call United Vein Centers for your appointment today at (813) 257-9444.