Healing Kitchen

Varicose Veins

Eating a low fat diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains helps to prevent obesity, a risk factor for varicose veins. The wealth of antioxidants in plant foods, such as flavonoids, and vitamins C and E, strengthens the walls of blood vessels. And the fiber in produce and whole grain foods promotes a healthy weight and prevents constipation, a condition which can aggravate varicose veins.

We believe that it's possible to manage and/or improve certain conditions through what you eat. When we create "Mega-Recipes" for an ailment, we strive to include the maximum number of the nutrients that are shown to have benefit for that ailment. We also expect the Mega-Recipe to contain at least 25% of recommended intakes for those nutrients. See the list of recipes that have met our criteria for this ailment.

What You Should Eat & Why

fiber, insoluble
By promoting regularity, insoluble fiber eases the pressure on veins in the legs.
Leading Food Sources of fiber, insoluble: Figs, Rice, brown, Peas, fresh, Wheat, Raisins & Currants, Prunes, Beans, dried

These potent antioxidants quench harmful free radicals that may weaken the walls of blood vessels. Flavonoids also enhance the way the body uses vitamin C.
Leading Food Sources of flavonoids: Broccoli, Grapefruit, white, Onions, Blueberries, Carrots, Tomatoes, Pomegranates, Limes, Chocolate, Soybeans, Oranges, Lemons, Apples

vitamin C
Vitamin C teams up with flavonoids and vitamin E to help bolster the walls of arteries, veins, and the microscopic blood vessels between arteries and veins, called capillaries.
Leading Food Sources of vitamin C: Cabbage, red, Potatoes, Strawberries, Oranges, Tangerines & other mandarins, Peppers, bell, red, Kiwi fruit

vitamin E
Vitamin E may enhance blood circulation and fortify the weakened walls and vessels that characterize varicose veins.
Leading Food Sources of vitamin E: Broccoli, Avocados, Sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts, Peanuts, Almonds, Mangoes

Date Published: 05/03/2005
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