Vitamin Supplementation may Support Healthy Veins after Treatment
- Posted on: Jan 15 2019
As frustrating as varicose veins and spider veins can be, it takes most patients quite a bit of time to seek treatment that will restore comfort by closing off insufficient veins. To invest in vein treatment is to contribute toward your future health and quality of life. At The Vein Clinic in Columbia, patients can expect to receive care the revolves around the extent of their vein condition and their preference for conservative care. Additionally, we discuss ways to support vein health as much as possible after treatment.
There are several strategies that experts recommend to decrease the likelihood of developing more varicose veins after treatment like sclerotherapy. Exercise and weight management are two of the most common. This is because exercise promotes blood flow and weight management decreases the stress on the veins and the muscles that stabilize them. Some patients are also advised to wear compression stockings beyond their initial recovery from vein treatment. These are excellent recommendations, and they are only the beginning. Here, we point out how vitamin D and vitamin K may also contribute to future vein health.
Vitamin D, the Vein Relaxant
Vitamin D, the Sunshine Vitamin, is involved in several biological functions. As it pertains to vein health, this fat-soluble vitamin lends suppleness and flexibility to the veins. This diminishes stiffness that could prevent adequate blood flow. The body does make its own vitamin D when we receive sufficient amounts of sun exposure. However, many people do not get the necessary amount and wind up vitamin D deficient. Adding dairy products and tuna or salmon to the diet can help. If you suspect you may have a vitamin D deficiency, talk with your doctor about formal lab testing and a prescription for high-dose vitamin D.
Vitamin K, Improving Swiftness
Vitamin K has been identified in the past as a potential vein healer. This is probably because this vitamin, when it exists in appropriate levels in the blood, is a sort of anticoagulant. Adequate vitamin K levels can inhibit clotting and the stagnation of blood in the veins. It is not enough to apply a topical vitamin K treatment, the nutrient must be taken regularly or consumed in foods like kale, broccoli, and Brussels Sprouts. Studies also show that taking vitamin D and vitamin K together enhances the effects of each.
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