What supplements help prevent varicose veins?

Before discussing supplements and varicose veins, it’s important to remember that supplements are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Therefore, the contents of supplements sold over the counter cannot be easily verified, and studies on supplements are difficult to evaluate. Supplements that have been advocated (but not proven) to help with the symptoms of varicose veins include horse chestnut, bilberry, sweet clover, butcher's broom and hesperidin.

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Dr. Pina LoGiudice, LAc, ND
Naturopathic Medicine Specialist

Try hesperidin for varicose veins. Flavonoids are natural plant pigments with amazing healthful properties. Hesperidin is a specific bioflavonoid found in citrus fruits like lemons and oranges; it is found particularly in the peel as well as the white stringy area. In essence, the parts we tend to throw away are chock-full of this bioflavonoid. Hesperidin helps your veins by increasing venous tone (tightness) and reducing stasis, which is the pooling of poorly moving blood in the veins. Hesperidin also seems to lower inflammation in the vein as well.

To work most effectively, we recommend our patients take 50 milligrams of hesperidin per day. It seems to work even more effectively in combination with another flavonoid called diosmin, which can be dosed at 450 milligrams a day. One study looked at over 5,000 people with vein problems like varicose veins and found those who took hesperidin and diosmin for 6 months had clear improvement.

While hesperidin may not completely get rid of the varicose veins that are already well established, it may help stop them from growing larger and will help prevent others from showing up. According to a study published in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, hesperidin and diosmin was safe and effective in pregnancy, a time when women do tend to get varicose veins from the weight of the baby causing pressure on the veins coming from the legs.

Dr. Peter Bongiorno, ND
Naturopathic Medicine Specialist

Naturopathic Doctor and Licensed Acupuncturist Dr. Peter Bongiorno shares some supplements you can take to help prevent varicose veins naturally. Watch Dr. Bongiorno's video for tips on naturopathic remedies and alternative treatments.

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