According to the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institute of Health (NIH), studies have found that horse chestnut seed extract is beneficial in treating chronic venous insufficiency, spider and varicose veins. There is also preliminary evidence that horse chestnut seed extract may be as effective as wearing compression stockings.
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• Wear sunscreen to protect your skin and to limit spider veins on the face.
• Exercise regularly to improve your leg strength, circulation, and vein strength.
• Focus on exercises that work your legs, such as walking or running.
• Control your weight to avoid placing too much pressure on your legs.
• Do not cross your legs when sitting.
• Elevate your legs when resting as much as possible.
• Do not stand or sit for long periods of time. If you must stand for a long time, shift your weight from one leg to the other every few minutes. If you must sit for long periods of time, stand up and move around or take a short walk every 30 minutes.
• Wear elastic support stockings, at least 20-30 medical-grade compression.
• Avoid tight clothing that constricts your waist, groin, or legs.
• Eat a low-salt diet rich in high-fiber foods. High-fiber foods include fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains, like bran. Eating too much salt can cause you to retain water or swell.