Next time you have the chance, juice a lemon or orange for all it’s worth. The whole thing. Rind and pulp included. Each of these citrus superfoods contains the flavonoids diosmin and hesperidin – two powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory allies in the fight against vein disease.
Diosmin offers superior vascular protection and increases venous tone by prolonging the vasoconstrictor effect within the vein wall – which basically means it helps increase blood flow while reducing venous hyperpressure – a symptom of vein disease.
Hesperidin is a water-soluble antioxidant that is widely distributed in the plant kingdom. It is often found together with vitamin C in fruits and enhances vitamin C activity within the body, the maintenance of capillary walls, and the fortification of collagen, the intercellular “cement” of the body. It can also help reduce edema or excess swelling in the legs due to fluid retention.
Numerous clinical trials and studies have concluded that products containing both hesperidin and diosmin have demonstrated improvement in venous tone and vein elasticity. And flavonoids also get a nice performance boost from vitamin C. So look out for that when researching supplement products. You can reap the benefits of diosmin and hesperidin in cream, oral, fruit or vegetable form!
Interested in adding diosmin and/or hesperidin to your vein health regime? Talk to your doctor or healthcare professional first to ensure any medications, especially blood thinners or blood pressure control medication, you are currently taking will not be affected, as flavonoids are natural blood thinners.