Ask The Pharmacist: Remedies for varicose veins
Sometimes it seems like varicose veins come out of nowhere when you’re least expecting it. Most people over the age of 60 have them to some degree, and usually they’re not a big deal...but they could be; it depends on the general health of your pipes. When I say “pipes” I mean your veins, because they are the pipes that push blood throughout your body.
It's estimated that more than 40 million Americans have varicose veins. They mostly impact the legs and feet. It’s different from spider veins, which are not nearly as noticeable unless you have “Drinker’s Nose,” which causes spider veins to appear on the nose. People are sometimes worried that they’ll be exposed as a heavy drinker or smoker because of these.
Varicose veins can become serious and cause pain, throbbing, swelling and increased risk of blood clots. If these angry swollen veins occur in the region of your anus, it’s called a hemorrhoid.
Unfortunately, your risk for developing problematic veins increases as you age. If your mom or dad has them, chances are you’ll get them, too. I’m going to quickly share six ways to help with varicose veins right now. But if you have a serious condition, I urge you to read my longer article (3,400 words) which offers more treatment options. You can get that by signing up for my free newsletter at suzycohen.com and I’ll email it to you.
You can take some pressure off your legs by losing weight. The less pressure, the less puffy, twisted and distended your veins are. You see, your veins are weak, and the burden of having 50 to 100 pounds adds pressure to your veins, making the blood pool.
2. Weird shower
You will love me, then hate me. When you are taking a shower, alternate between comfortably hot water, then colder water. If you want, you can do this to just your legs instead of your whole body, and try each temperature for 10 or 20 seconds each. You should probably ask your doctor about this first. It helps your veins ‘practice’ the process of constriction and dilation.
Collagen makes you elastic, so think of collagen allowing for healthy firm skin and a tight neck. Without enough collagen, your blood vessels and skin begin sagging.
Make sure you are hydrated throughout the day. Did you know that coffee dehydrates you? It makes you more prone to leg cramps through the ‘drug mugger’ effect of magnesium and other minerals. Energy drinks rob the same vein-loving minerals.
Bioflavonoids are found in the outer peel of citrus fruits. Diosmin is a well-studied citrus bioflavonoid that has been consumed for years and it’s well known within medical circles to support healthy veins and circulation in the body.
Hesperidin is a citrus bioflavonoid. It comes from oranges and lemons and assists your body in the quest to fight varicose veins, hemorrhoids and micro leaks of blood (which causes easy bruising). Hesperidin can also help strengthen capillaries.
Suzy Cohen is a registered pharmacist. The information presented here is not intended to treat, cure or diagnose any condition. Visit SuzyCohen.com.