The Way to Healthy Veins is Through the Stomach
- Posted on: Jul 30 2017
We’ve all heard the adage “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” We could say that the stomach is a portal through which we can achieve quite a lot. Research has confirmed that what we eat matters. It even matters to something as simple as your veins.
Eating well promotes overall health and wellness. Can your diet keep you from ever noticing a spider vein or varicose vein? Studies have not confirmed that this is the case. However, a few key nutrients have been identified as beneficial for the elasticity and resilience of veins throughout the body. These include:
- Vitamin E. Most people recognize the dermatologic and energetic value of vitamin E. This nutrient, found in olive oil, avocado, spinach, almonds, and other foods, is also good for the blood. It inhibits platelets, which are vital to clotting, from collecting in blood vessels.
- Vitamin C. This vitamin is a well-known antioxidant that promotes healthy collagen and elastin. These chemicals are not only needed by skin cells, but also by the blood vessels and arteries, which need the right balance of firmness and flexibility. Vitamin C-rich foods include citrus fruits, broccoli, kiwi, and dark leafy greens.
- Doctors recommend fiber for weight management and healthy digestive function. Because fiber reduces the risk of high cholesterol, this nutrient has a distinct advantage for vein health. High cholesterol is linked to arterial plaque buildup, which could lead to varicose veins and much more. Legumes, seeds, nuts, and whole grains, as well as most vegetables, are high in fiber.
- Niacin, a B-vitamin, has clot-inhibiting characteristics and also promotes flexibility and durability in veins. Niacin-rich foods include sunflower seeds, mushrooms, green peas, tuna, and turkey.
Vein Care in Columbia
The Vein Clinic offers friendly care to patients in and around Columbia, SC. Our clinic has focused on treatments for varicose veins and spider veins for over a decade. Before that time, Dr. Reynolds enjoyed a 25-year career in vascular surgery. Our commitment to care keeps us at the forefront of new therapeutic technologies.