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Spider Veins

Keeping high-fiber, low-salt diets that contain the nutrients below can keep our vein walls strong, improve vein function and reduce swelling in the spider or varicose veins we already have.

Vitamin C

The body uses vitamin C to manufacture collagen and elastin, fibers that are used to repair veins. Consume red bell peppers, orange juice, and strawberries to get a big dose of this antioxidant.


Though the evidence is weak, some physicians believe that bioflavonoids like rutin, which helps thin the blood and reduce inflammation, can help with spider veins. Oxerutins, which are flavonoids that come from rutin, may relieve the swelling and pain of varicose veins. Foods that contain rutin include buckwheat seeds, citrus peels, apple peels, and the lower portion of asparagus spears.

OPC (Yeah You Know Me)

Research shows that oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes (OPCs), bioflavonoids found in grape seed and apples (especially Red Delicious and Granny Smith), may help reduce swelling and leakage in veins. Cranberries, blueberries, hawthorn and other berries have similar flavonoids. Ask your doctor before taking grape seed extract, though, as the extract may increase the risk of bleeding, and, if taken with vitamin C, may raise blood pressure.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E prevents platelets from clotting and sticking to the sides of blood vessel walls, and can be helpful to people who are at risk of developing blood clotting problems. Find vitamin E in sunflower seeds almonds, and wheat germ oil.

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