The cause of broken capillaries beneath the surface of the skin, known as spider veins, tends to be a result of many factors. However, once the damage has been done, there are ways to reduce spider veins using natural supplements and nutrients, and help to improve the health (and looks) of your legs as you age.
Here are three ways to help reduce spider veins safely and effectively:
Horse Chestnut Extract
Studies show that Horse Chestnut (Aescin) can help reduce spider veins and counter the cause of broken capillaries. Horse chestnut extract works by toning the walls of veins and reducing fluid retention in the legs. It improves venal and capillary efficiency by inhibiting the enzymes that break down capillary walls.
Mix horse chestnut extract with an equal amount of grapeseed oil and apply it to the area of spider veins before going to bed. Do not take horse chestnut orally, and do not massage it into the spider vein area (without diluting with oil), as it could exacerbate the problem. Wrap your legs in a towel or blanket to keep the substance in place. Elevate your legs if possible, to help the healing process even more.
The anti-inflammatory, antioxidant properties of the horse chestnut promote circulation and strengthen the fine veins and capillaries, helping them to work more efficiently with less stress and less likelihood of breaking. As well as helping to reduce spider veins, this horse chestnut treatment is a tonic for tired "heavy" legs and is often used by athletes to maintain healthy circulatory veins.
Coumarin is a natural substance that slows the process of blood clotting and coagulation. It is present in horse chestnut extract as coumarin glycoside, and is found in many other plants including strawberries, apricots, cherries and blackcurrants.
Known as a phenylpropanoid, coumarin helps reduce spider veins as it has anticoagulant properties which help thin the blood and improve blood flow. It is used for exactly this purpose in warfarin (brand name Coumadin) for those at risk of stroke or heart disease. Coumarin also lowers fluid retention in the tissue of the vein walls by promoting lymphatic drainage.
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Bioflavonoids are antioxidants that help counter free radicals in the body and boost overall health. As well as fighting heart disease and some cancers, bioflavonoids can help reduce spider veins by toning the vein walls, boosting circulation and supporting lymphatic drainage in the lower limbs.
Bioflavonoids can be found naturally in green tea, citrus fruits, dark chocolate and wine but to help reduce spider veins, you need at least 1000 mg per day. By taking two 500 mg supplements you can support vein and capillary health and prevent spider veins, varicose veins and leg ulcers from developing.