Protecting our veins is a process that should always start at the dining table.
By reducing food-related inflammation, in return we obtain a reduction of oedema since there is no longer the need to “throw water on the fire”. This results in major water retention, which is a response able to activate the defences against the excessive presence of inflammatory cytokines.
This way, legs reduce swelling, while venous plexus congestion decreases.
This scenario applies to swollen legs as well as to varicose veins and haemorrhoidal problems.
In all these conditions inflammation plays a decisive role; therefore, it is essential to intervene both “upstream” by tweaking the diet (food-related inflammation) and “downstream” with by choosing to use selected natural substances that have become for many people an effective support to treat venous problems.
Among the natural substances useful to tackle venous disorders, we should definitely cite Pycnogenol, extracted from the bark of maritime pine and larch, whose anti-inflammatory and antioxidant actions have a positive impact on the whole organism as well as on any chronic and degenerative conditions, as shown in an important meta-analysis study by Cochrane in 2012 (Schoonees a et al, Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012 Apr 18;4:CD008294.doi:10.1002/14651858.CD008294.pub4).
There is more written evidence on the role of a number of other natural substances, for instance what published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery, which describes how natural proanthocyanidins (contained in grape seeds, for example) play an important fluidifying action on blood, thus preventing thrombotic events so frequent in people affected by haemorrhoids (Zhang Y et al, J Vasc Surg. 2011 Mar; 53(3):743-53. doi:10.1016/j.jvs.2010.09.017. Epub 2010 Nov 20).
Another example worth to be cited is the article published in CBI in February 2015 (Pinho Ribeiro-FA et al, Chem Biol Interact. 2015 Feb. 25; 228: 88-99. Doi:10.1016/j.cbi.2015.01.011. Epub 2015 Jan 21), which describes how hesperidin not only has an already known action on vein disease, but it also plays a more generalized anti-inflammatory action and an effect on the metabolism.
This is not trivial evidence: it means that taking products such as Zerotox Hesco (at doses indicated below) or Pycnogenol 30 mg (1 capsule daily) to treat various conditions of venous disease also results in a more generalized action of rebalancing, which should always represent a major purpose for a caring medical practice both able to look after the symptoms but mainly trying to reach an integrated organic equilibrium for a long lasting well-being.
Certain “healthy” habits can support the treatment of venous conditions by becoming a stimulus to healing, like the contribution of some minerals (Zinc, Copper, Manganese and Selenium for instance) which are active in venous repair and maintenance of a good circulatory system.
For this reason, it is suggested to choose always products like Oximix 5+ Circulation (one capsule every day at breakfast) for the treatment of each single condition.
- Swollen legs: 1 Hesco tablet twice a day (breakfast and dinner) supported by an appropriate dietary approach.
- Painful varicose veins: 1 Hesco tablet 3 times a day until pain reduction, subsequently keeping (for sustained periods, for instance the whole summer) a regime of 1 tablet in the morning to guarantee the preventive action against venous diseases.
- Haemorrhoids: 2 tablets during the immediate acute phase followed by 4-5 tablets on that same day (to be taken regardless of the meals time), then 2-3 during the following days until the discomfort is reduced. Later, after the acute phase, 2 tablets a day for a fortnight and then 1 tablet a day even for long periods to achieve a preventive action on hemorrhoid recurrence.
In every single case it is important to remember that a good circulation and an excellent venous tone can be obtained and maintained thanks to a diet rich in fruit and vegetables and to adequate physical activity.
Only if affected by on-going thrombophlebitis, exercising and being active are not recommended. In all other cases, some light physical activity (even just a walk, for instance) is an effective tool to help controlling and sorting any circulatory congestion, both in presence of varicose veins or of a haemorrhoidal condition.