There are a number of things you can do to help prevent varicose veins, but once they develop, it's going to take more than support hose to get rid of these protruding vessels. Medical treatment to remove existing varicose veins is the only way to make them disappear.
If you prefer to try a more natural route, however, try ingesting the herb aescin. Aescin, extracted from horse-chestnuts, is to your blood vessels what spinach is to Popeye. Horse-chestnut extract strengthens blood vessel walls and this extra "muscle" boost can prevent veins from bulging or twisting. It can also reduce swelling often associated with varicose veins [source: Loecher].
You might also consider adding bioflavonoids to your diet. Bioflavonoids and vitamin C are believed to boost their respective benefits when taken together [source: Turner]. Dark-colored fruits like blueberries and cherries are filled with bioflavonoids, and this natural compound helps strengthen blood vessels. The bilberry fruit, a relative of the blueberry, also can be eaten or ingested as an extract to help with varicose veins in the same way [source: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine]. The herb Ginkgo biloba, from the leaf of the ginkgo tree, is another source of bioflavonoids and is readily available in supermarkets and health food stores [source: Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine].
There are number of over-the-counter creams touted to treat varicose veins. Many of these creams contain natural ingredients, like calendula extract or vitamin E, which are believed to have anti-inflammatory properties. Unfortunately, lotions or dietary supplements won't make varicose veins disappear [source: Hunter].
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