Our bodies comprise of a vascular system made up of arteries, veins and blood vessels. This vascular system delivers oxygen and blood to the cells. If our veins and arteries become damaged, it can hamper the flow of blood and oxygen around the body, making us more susceptible to chronic diseases.

It is therefore important we maintain the health of our veins and arteries.

The Vascular Consultancy provides some tips on how to improve the health and condition of your veins.

Exercise regularly

By promoting a healthy flow of blood and oxygen around the body, exercising regularly helps keep the veins strong and in top condition.

Aerobic exercise that gets the blood pumping and the heart beating, such as swimming, running, hiking and cycling, is great for improving blood circulation and keeping veins and arteries healthy. Gentler exercise like walking and gardening, gets the blood moving around the veins, helping to prevent them from becoming damaged.

If you do suffer from varicose veins, more strenuous activities may aggravate the condition, so it is generally recommended to stick to more low and modern-intensity exercise, such as walking.

A healthy diet

Getting a healthy, well-balanced diet has a positive impact on our vascular health. Eating foods that are rich in fibre can help reduce the risk of disorders such as high cholesterol, which can have a negative impact on the veins and arteries.

High levels of blood cholesterol can result in fatty plagues building up in the blood vessels, which can lead to the weakening of the artery walls. Eating a high fibre diet helps to remove unhealthy fats from our digestive system.

If you suffer from varicose veins, eating a diet rich in bioflavonoids can help alleviate the pain and swelling caused by the condition. The bioflavonoids found in the likes of dark leafy vegetables, garlic, onions, cranberries and blueberries, can strengthen the valves of the blood vessel walls, thus reducing the leakage of blood and keeping the veins in good condition.

Consuming foods that contain high levels of vitamin C is important for preserving the health of our vascular systems. Vitamin C produces collagen and elastin, which helps keep the walls of the veins strong and flexible.

The production of the elastic fibres, collagen and elastin, also helps to prevent capillaries from breaking and the appearance of superficial spider veins from appearing under the skin.

If you are concerned with any aspect of your vascular health and would like to discuss your concerns with specialists in vascular systems, get in contact with the Vascular Consultancy, experts in treating varicose veins and other vascular conditions.


Commonly known as spider veins, thread veins are small but noticeable veins that lie just below the surface of the skin. Thread veins can appear anywhere on the body but tend to be most common on the face and legs.

Thread veins are extremely common, particularly in older people over the age of 50. Whilst thread veins are not dangerous, they can cause some throbbing and discomfort and some people may become unhappy about their unsightly appearance.

If you are concerned about the appearance of thread veins, there are steps you can take to improve their appearance and help prevent them from appearing in the first place.

Improve the blood circulation

Improving the circulation of the blood can help make thread veins look less unpleasant. One of the best ways to improve blood circulation is to get regular exercise.

Avoiding sitting in the same position for long periods of time and regularly moving around will help the blood circulate around the body more efficiently and improve the appearance of thread veins.

Lose weight

Carrying excess weight around ultimately puts pressure on the legs, which can result in the appearance of thread veins. Losing weight by exercising and eating a healthy, well-balanced diet can alleviate much of the pressure on your legs, improve the look of thread veins, and help prevent spider veins from surfacing.

Apply vitamin K cream to the skin

Vitamin K is linked to strengthening the capillaries and preventing blood vessels from swelling. Applying cream that contains vitamin K can be an effective way to improve the appearance of thread veins.

Avoid birth control with high levels of estrogen

Birth control pills that are high in estrogen have been associated with causing problems with the veins, such as causing thread veins or varicose veins to surface. Changing your method of birth control to a pill that is less high in estrogen may help prevent the onset of unsightly thread veins.

Treat yourself to a massage

If you’re looking for an excuse to have a pampering massage, thread veins might be just the answer!

One of the principle reasons thread veins appear underneath the skin in the first place is due to the inefficient circulation of the blood. Massages help get the blood circulating around the body and improve the flow of flood through the capillaries, which in turn, puts less pressure on the veins. This improved circulation of blood through massage can be great for thread veins and you may notice an improvement in their appearance in no time at all.

To discuss treatments for thread veins, including skin laser, micro-sclerotherapy and cosmetic makeup, get in touch with the Vascular Consultancy.


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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