Top vitamins for optimum vein health

11th December 2017 by Daryll Baker0
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By delivering the blood around the body to the heart, veins are a crucial part of our circulatory system and healthy veins are important for maintaining optimum health and wellbeing. A balanced diet that includes certain vitamins and minerals helps keep the veins healthy. But which vitamins are most effective in improving and maintaining the condition of our veins?

Vitamin E

Vitamin E helps the blood to flow through the veins without obstruction and is an effective vitamin for the prevention of blood clumping together and clots forming in the veins.

Vitamin E supplements can be taken to boost levels of this vital mineral. As can eating Vitamin E-rich food, such as green leafy vegetable, nuts and eggs.

Vitamin B

By helping to balance cholesterol levels, vitamin B is another important mineral for promoting vein health. B vitamins, including riboflavin, thiamine, folic acid, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, pantothenic acid and biotin, strengthen blood vessels and are associated with helping to treat and prevent unwanted vascular conditions such as varicose veins.

Foods with high levels of the B vitamins include, bananas, lentils, potatoes, beans, many meat products, and unprocessed food, such as wheat and brown rice.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C builds elastin and collagen in the skin, which keeps the blood vessels and skin flexible and strong. These elastin and collagen fibres enables the veins to be less susceptible to pressure and help prevent valves from leaking.

Vitamin C can be found naturally in many fruits and vegetables, including oranges, tomatoes and broccoli.

Vitamin K

Vitamin K is another important vitamin in the promotion of healthy veins. Inadequate levels of vitamin K has been attributed to the cause of varicose veins. It is believed that sufficient levels of vitamin K in the diet can help prevent vascular problems from arising, such as varicose veins.

Vitamin K is found naturally in certain food, such as green leafy vegetables like spinach, lettuce and broccoli.

If you have any questions or concerns about the health of your veins or about any vascular conditions like varicose veins, get in touch with the Vascular Consultancy, specialists in promoting and maintaining optimum vein health.


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Daryll Baker is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital London and Clinical Lead for North Central Region Vascular Services.

He read Medicine at Oxford University and trained in Vascular Surgery in Nottingham, London and Edinburgh. He obtained his research PhD from the University of Wales.

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