Veins Love Horse Chestnuts
Have you hugged your circulatory system today?
There are many ways to show your veins some love with regular doses of horse chestnut, butcher’s broom, gotu kola and diosmin — vein-friendly herbal remedies that provide veins the nutrients and natural chemicals they need to rebuild and stay strong.
Your veins, after all, are the gatekeepers to your general health and well-being. Any breakdown in the venous walls can wreak havoc on blood flow and possibly lead to vein diseases like spider or varicose veins or chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). In our ‘pills cure all’ world, it’s easy to forget the body’s amazing restorative powers. But we can rebuild and protect our veins naturally with herbal supplements.
Horse chestnut – in weed form is a favorite with horses – but it’s also a favorite when it comes to alleviating symptoms of and improving varicose veins. Varicose veins are caused when blood is unable to flow properly and begins to pool. Horse chestnut helps rectify the problem by improving the elasticity of vein walls, strengthening the vascular system and easing flow of blood back to the heart. It’s able to do this because it contains a group of chemicals called saponins – with aescin being the active ingredient superstar. Aescin also appears to reduce swelling and inflammation: two common conditions that cause the heavy, tired, achy symptoms associated with varicose veins.
Luckily for we humans, horse chestnut is available in capsule form and can be found at most health food stores.
Before taking any herbal supplements, please consult a vein specialist or your healthcare provider. Some herbs are not suitable for people with certain medical conditions and may interfere with certain medications.