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Got Varicose Veins? One Natural Supplement Can Help!
Varicose veins occur when valves in the veins that designed to pump blood in one direction and hold it there start to leak. There are numerous causes of CVI, and for some it is hereditary. The most common treatment is to wear compression stockings made of tight-knit elastic. These compress the arteries and veins to decrease the size of the veins. They put pressure on the arteries, forcing the blood to return to the heart and not allow it to return and pool in the veins.
Studies have shown that horse chestnut works just as well as compression stockings. One study published in the Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association showed that an extract from horse chestnut seed was very effective at relieving the pain, itching, and swelling of varicose veins. This extract is widely used throughout Europe for this common problem. Another study performed at the University of Milano in Italy showed that the active ingredient, aescin, was just as effective as compression stockings and also helped to relieve edema. It is thought that aescin works to inhibit the breakdown of the proteins in the capillary wall.
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Studies have shown that horse chestnut also appears to have few, if any, side effects. Some studies show that this extract is better absorbed by the body during the daylight hours, rather than when the body is at rest. If you decide to consume horse chestnut extract, you might want to take this into consideration.
For a few people, horse chestnut can cause nausea, itching, or upset stomach. If you are pregnant or are taking any prescription medications, always talk to your doctor before consuming horse chestnut extract. Those with kidney or liver problems should avoid this herbal remedy as well.