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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.
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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