Should You Take Vitamins for Spider Veins?
- Posted on: Aug 30 2018
Spider veins may not cause the same cramping, itching, and burning as varicose veins, but they sure can be irritating. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 55% of women live with some type of vein problem, and up to 45% of men do, too. Because there are multiple treatment options available today to close insufficient veins, there is no reason to live one more day with unsightly webbing if you’d prefer to love the look of your legs. Even with the availability of proven vein treatments, many people ask if vitamins or supplements could improve their vein health. We want to discuss this here.
Vitamins and Supplements: Proceed with Caution
There are FDA regulations on vitamins and supplements. However, they are less stringent than those placed on prescription and over-the-counter medications. Until this changes, it is crucial for anyone considering a new health regimen to talk with their doctor. Furthermore, supplements and vitamins need to be carefully vetted for ingredients and even manufacturing processes to determine their safety and efficacy. Finally, just because vitamins and supplements are natural does not mean they cannot cause problems. Some compounds can interact with prescribed medications, sunlight, and other factors, leading to unwanted side effects.
The Health Benefits of Vitamins
Many doctors encourage patients to take a daily multivitamin as a quick and efficient way to support natural processes. In particular, it has been documented that vitamin K can support healthy circulation, even in individuals with circulatory deficiency. Does this mean that taking vitamin K can prevent spider veins and varicose veins or treat those that exist? No. There is no evidence that this or any other vitamin or herb can eliminate existing varicose veins.
We understand that spider veins and varicose veins can be profoundly disturbing. In our Columbia vein clinic, patients can find the relief they seek. With sclerotherapy and other innovative techniques, such as radiofrequency ablation, we can effectively treat varicose veins without the side effects that are possible with vitamins and supplements.
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