Although varicose veins can form due to age, hormones, family history, or a sedentary lifestyle, the foods you eat can lessen the irritating and painful symptoms associated with the condition. Certain foods can also make them worse, especially foods that constrict arteries and increase blood pressure (such as salt, which we talked about in a previous article). Improve your quality of life and add some color and flavor to your diet! Here are seven foods that can boost your cardiovascular system and reduce the negative effects of varicose veins.
1. Rutin-Filled Fruits
A flavonoid is a metabolic ingredient that helps the body fight off free radicals, molecules that cause cells to deteriorate. And a special flavonoid called rutin is fantastic for strengthening veins and arteries, protecting blood cells, and lowering inflammation. Some foods that contain rutin include apples, cherries, blueberries, buckwheat, black olives, and raspberries.
Avocados are best known for their monounsaturated fat content, containing vitamins C and E, vitamin B6, fiber, potassium, omega-3s, and more. The calorie count may be high, but the benefits greatly outweigh any disadvantages. Nearly everything in an avocado can improve cardiovascular health. Even better, they can be added to almost anything!
If you think avocados are a unique power food, then add asparagus to your diet. You will see fantastic results thanks to these vitamin and mineral-rich green vegetables. Asparagus is filled with vitamins A, C, E, and K, fiber, vitamin B3, and phosphorus, all of which benefit the heart and veins.
Whether you call it a vegetable, an herb, or a spice, ginger has been used for its medicinal properties for centuries all over the world. And for good reason! Ginger is anti-inflammatory (which helps reduce the pressure on veins) and is full of antioxidants that protect cells and lower blood pressure. Ginger is delicious and easily added to soups, as a side to sushi, and even eaten on its own.
You may think of oatmeal as a bit plain and boring. Instead, consider oatmeal as the canvas upon which you can add colors of flavor, such as cinnamon, fresh fruit, almonds, honey, and more. The real secret to oatmeal, however, is its antioxidants and soluble fiber. Fiber is not only important for digestion, but it has a strong influence on cardiovascular health.
Hippocrates, the famous physician that lived in ancient Greece called watercress “the cure of cures.” He was indeed wise beyond his era! Watercress is a wonder for cardiovascular health, capable of preventing the build-up of dangerous plaque that can accumulate in arteries and veins. Watercress is easily added to just about any type of salad and can even be added to soups and stews without much wilting.
7. Plenty of Water
While water might not be a “food”, there is little that can improve the condition of varicose veins like the proper daily intake of water. Every person should drink about half a gallon of water every single day (about 2.5–3.5 liters). This may sound like a lot, but you might be surprised at how easy it is if you keep a water bottle or pitcher nearby.
Visit Heart of Dixie Vein and Vascular Center in St. George Today
If you have uncomfortable varicose veins, try these seven foods to help improve your condition. If you have concerns about your case of varicose veins or are experiencing irritation and pain, don’t delay! Give Heart of Dixie Vein and Vascular Center a call and schedule an appointment. Our team can help improve the look of your veins and ensure your continued cardiovascular health.