Blended vegetable and fruit juices for varicose vein treatment are best made with a home juicer but some “juices” (smoothie) can also be made with a powerful blender in a pinch. Luckily, home juicers have really come down in price. You can now get a nice home juicer for $120 or less. This is still a large investment so take your time in choosing the right juicer.
Beet Juice Blends To Improve Vein Health
Raw beet juice is one of the best juices you can make for varicose vein treatment. Beet juice has a sweet earthy flavor that blends extremely well with apples, carrots, cucumber, parsley, turmeric root, and ginger. Raw beet juice will improve your vein health on multiple fronts.
Beets are full of nitrate. When this nitrate mixes with the good bacteria living in your mouth, the nitrate is converted to nitric oxide. This dilates veins, makes vein walls more flexible, and increases circulation. Now, if you use mouthwash or anything else that kills the good bacteria before you drink your beet juice, you’ll decrease the effectiveness, so plan accordingly.
Beets also have a high amount of a powerful antioxidant called betaine. Veins in people who have varicose vein disease, or who are developing varicose veins, tend to be inflamed and the toxin level in the pooling blood can rise to a toxic level. Betaine helps to purify the blood and reduce the inflammation on the vein walls and vein valves. Beets are also full of magnesium which increases blood circulation and helps control edema.
Recipe #1: Beet Your Varicose Veins
- 1 medium beet
- 1 big pinch of parsley leaves (about a tablespoon)
- 1 small glass of alkaline water (about 8 ounces)
- 1/2 thin skinned lemon (de-seeded, including peel)
– A few fresh mint leaves
– A pinch of dried mint tea
Lemon will help alkalize water which helps with inflammation. The oil found in lemon peel also has the ability to strengthen vein walls and vein valves. If you’re using a thick skinned lemon, remove the bitter white pitch in the inner layer of the skin before juicing. Parsley is a strong blood purifier, anti-inflammatory, and prevents blood clots from forming (thrombosis). Mint is also anti-inflammatory. So, all of these ingredients are a good natural varicose vein treatment!
Recipe #2: Rudy’s Rooty Fruity
- 2 medium beets
- 2 medium apples
- 3 medium carrots
- 1 medium cucumber
- Optional Ingredients
Small piece of ginger (1/2 – 1 inch)
Small piece of turmeric (1/2 – 1 inch)
This is an exceptionally tasty combination that you can cajole just about anyone into drinking! It also produces a beautiful color so it’s a great juice to share with guests. The pectin in the apples will slow the release of blood sugar. Ginger improves blood flow and turmeric is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory you can consume.
Extra tip #1: Buy organic beets to avoid pesticides.
Extra tip #2: If the beets you buy still have leaves attached, throw these into the juicer too. They are related to spinach, highly nutritious, and very tasty.
Citrus Blends To Improve Vein Health
Citrus has a flavonoid called diosmin that is well known to improve vein health, so much so, it has been incorporated into prescription based “medical foods” for varicose vein treatment. Diosmin from citrus has been prescribed in Europe for decades and is approved by the FDA for use in the United States (sold under the brand Vasculera). Most of the diosmin is concentrated in the oil in the peel. You can get this same diosmin from the peel of a fresh citrus if you juice it!
Recipe #1: Citrus Juice With Peel
- Oranges or tangerines
– Carrots (in a ratio of three carrots to one citrus fruit)
Cut citrus in half and remove seeds. LEAVE THE PEEL ON!!! To help release more of the valuable diosmin in the oil of the peel into your juice, zest or grate the outer layer, at least partially, before you juice it. Carrot juice and citrus juice are a marriage made in heaven!
You Need To Have Reasonable Expectations About Juicing
Juicing can improve your vein health, prevent normal veins from being weakened, prevent slightly weakened veins from becoming completely varicose, and improve your symptoms if you already suffer with varicose veins. However, if you have a varicose vein that is no longer functioning correctly, no amount of fresh juice is going to “revive” that “dead” vein!
You can’t “resuscitate” a “dead” vein any more than you can “resuscitate” a dead person! Once the vein valves go bad, and blood starts flowing the wrong way and pooling in your veins and legs, you’ll need to receive varicose vein treatment at a clinic to fix this problem. The same is true once a vein’s wall is so broken down, it has become twisted and gnarly. Juicing can still help with symptoms at this point but you really need to get to a clinic to prevent the problem from getting worse.
To fully emphasize this point, you’ll need some form of clinical varicose vein treatment, like laser treatment or sclerotherapy, to take that dead vein out of commission so it can’t cause any more harm. However, you can begin juicing to help control symptoms while searching for a good vein doctor.
Internet Window Shopping
If you want to use fresh juice as a varicose vein treatment, you’ll need to get THE tool of the trade: a nice juicer! If you don’t already have a juicer, browsing the options on Amazon can be a good place to stop shopping. The product reviews, shopper questions answered by verified buyers, video demonstrations, comparison charts, product pictures, and product literature are all very helpful in choosing which juicer is best for your purposes. Be prepared to spend a couple of hours at least to become a fully “educated shopper.
Which Type of Juicer To Choose: Centrifugal Juicer Versus Masticating Juicer
There are two basic types of juicers on the market for home use. Honestly, even though this may seem like a huge decision to make, either one is going to produce good juice that will improve your vein health, and hopefully prevent or delay you having to have additional clinical varicose vein treatment. Having said this, there are some pros and cons to each type of juicer that you should know about.
Using a centrifugal juicer is a faster process, at least two to three times as fast as a masticating juicer. It’s also easier to juice hard vegetables like beets and carrots with a centrifugal juicer. You don’t have to cut your produce up as much before you feed it into the feeder tube either. On the down side, centrifugal juicers are much more noisy (bad for apartment or condo living), the juice doesn’t last as long because it’s more oxidized in the process, less nutrients are released, the juice is heated during the process which destroys enzymes, and developing too much foam can be a problem.
Juice made in a masticating juicer preserves more of the nutrients and enzymes because the juice is cold processed and less oxidized. You also get a smoother juice with more smooth pulp (but not the consistency of a smoothie). A single serving of vegetables or fruits yields more juice (drier pulp) and less foam. On the down side, beets and other hard vegetables must be cut up into small pieces before juicing and you still may need to use the reverse button to clear the mesh during juicing these hard vegetables. Masticating juicers are also slower process overall.
While You’re Juicing, Visit Metro Vein Centers
Regardless of the natural varicose vein treatment you use at home, you just don’t have the tools necessary to fully evaluate the health of your veins. For example, you do not have doppler ultrasound to view the direction of blood flow in your veins, the velocity of blood flow in your veins, or the internal anatomy of your vein walls and vein valves. You can get a free evaluation of your veins at Metro Vein Centers just by calling them. While getting this vein checkup, you can speak with your vein doctor about how to combine clinical and natural varicose vein treatment as the best game plan for your situation.