I don’t care about what you have heard or read lately, these are the facts about these herbal supplements:
Echinacea has “Good scientific evidence for this use”:
- Prevention of upper respiratory tract infections (adults and children)
- Treatment of upper respiratory tract infections (adults)
St. John’s wort has “Strong scientific evidence” for treating “mild-to-moderate depressive disorder.”
Chamomile extract was better than placebo in reducing anxiety.
Milk thistle is effective in interfering with the life cycle of the hepatitis C virus.
Ginkgo biloba helps treat dementia, relieves claudication (painful legs from clogged arteries), and improves blood flow to the brain to reduce cerebral insufficiency (defined as poor concentration, confusion, absent-mindedness, anxiety, etc.).
Pcynogenol helps for treating asthma, and for relieving chronic venous insufficiency (leg swelling and varicose veins).
Ginseng boosts immune function, lowers blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics, and is a heart healthy antioxidant, which include the reduction of LDL oxidation.
Red yeast rice gets an A for lowering LDL and triglycerides.
Are there vitamins that can help my varicose veins?
Answer: There is no magic pill to get rid of unsightly veins on your legs. Prevention of vein problems is much easier than treatment.
– Avoid standing in one place for long periods of time the way that a hostess, hairdressers and cashiers do.
– Stretch or take a walk periodically and invest in elastic support hose.
– Exercise because it gets your blood flowing while strengthening your calf muscles.
– Losing weight if you need too is important to take the burden off the fragile blood vessels in your legs.
– Make sure your hormones are balanced since high estrogen may be partially to blame.
Supplements and natural remedies that I have seen help are
1) VenaPlex by Metagenics. It contains Rutin, Horse Chestnut Seed Extract and Arjuna Bark.
2) EPA-DHA 720 by Metagenics.
Varicose veins are caused by a variety of factors: genetic inclination, standing occupations, obesity, or multiple pregnancies.
In a 2007 study from France’s University of Nantes, researchers examined 36 healthy male subjects and 50 male subjects with varicose veins. They found a link between varicosis and inactivity of a protein called matrix GLA protein (MGP). And because MGP is properly activated only when vitamin K levels are adequate, researchers theorize that sufficient intake of the vitamin may play a role in the prevention of varicose veins.
The importance of vitamin K intake for circulatory health is already well known. Dr. Tucker recommends 5 to 15 mg of vitamin K per day – considerably higher than the recommended daily allowance.