HealthThe secret ingredient to prevent varicose veins? Study reveals the power of high-fiber diet

The secret ingredient to prevent varicose veins? Study reveals the power of high-fiber diet

Include fiber in your diet. It prevents varicose veins.
Include fiber in your diet. It prevents varicose veins.
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6:49 AM EST, January 12, 2024

Varicose veins are blood vessels that are visible beneath the skin's surface. They are often blue or dark purple and have a twisted, swollen, and protruding shape. These are not only aesthetically unattractive but are also indicative of damage or weakening to the venous valves, impairing the proper circulation of blood in our bodies. If left untreated, varicose veins can lead to thrombosis.

Several risk factors, including age, gender, pregnancy, a sedentary lifestyle, vascular malformations, obesity, and prolonged periods of standing, influence the propensity for venous insufficiency. A diet laden with highly processed foods rich in fats, salt, and sugar also contributes to developing varicose veins.

Symptoms that may accompany varicose veins include an itching sensation in one or more veins, a feeling of heavy legs, swelling in the lower legs, and pain and cramps in the lower limb muscles. According to experts from the Mayo Clinic, whose research was published in "The Clinician's Handbook of Natural Medicine", one can stave off such health issues by regularly consuming dietary fiber.

Food items loaded with this ingredient play crucial roles in preventing and treating varicose veins. Additionally, they ward off hemorrhoids and boost our bowel function. They enhance our digestive rhythm, make bowel movements smoother, and sweep harmful substances out of the intestines. Dietary fiber also aids in weight loss, keeping you full for a long time, thereby curbing the craving for unhealthy snacks between meals.

As experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) advised, a daily intake of approximately 25 grams of dietary fiber is recommended to maintain good health. Whole grain bread, red beans, Brussels sprouts, currants, raspberries, flax seeds, plantain seeds, brown rice, and nuts are some of the best sources of this valuable substance.

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