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Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins near the surface of the skin, which generally develop in the legs and ankles. They are caused by faulty valves in the veins. These valves ensure that blood flows efficiently against gravity up towards the heart. When they do not function properly blood pools develop, resulting in a build-up of pressure and  weakening of the venous walls.

Varicose veins can run in families. Causes include pregnancy, overweight, old age, prolonged sitting or standing and lack of exercise. Antioxidant compounds in plants called flavonoids appear to promote venous strength and integrity. Increase your intake of antioxidants if you are susceptible to varicose veins.

Red vine leaf extract
Red vine leaf extract is now known to contain a range of valuable substances, including flavonoids, which can help keep leg veins healthy. It is obtained from the leaves of the red grape vine after steeping them in water at 70-80?C.

The leaves are harvested after the grape harvest, at which time they have the highest content of the key ingredients. The leaves are  dried and then extracted using purified water.

Contra-indications

Flavonoids tend to reduce blood platelet stickiness in a beneficial way and may therefore reduce the dosage of blood-thinning medication needed. If you are taking a blood thinner, consult with your doctor before starting supplementation.
 
General Advice
People afflicted with varicose veins should always wear a sock, preferably varicose socks. Drink plenty of water.

Refrain from the following:
?    Sweets
?    Oily food
?    Fatty food
?    Red meat
 
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