What are they?
Varicose veins are defined as swollen, distended veins, usually occurring in the legs. They are quite unsightly, as I am sure you already know, but more than that, they can be painful. Usually, these veins are superficial, or near the skin’s surface where they protrude and are more easily visible. You also have tiny valves inside the veins, just as you have valves inside your heart. With varicose veins, the valves inside the veins are damaged and do not function properly. Gravity can then cause the blood to “pool” in the vein, which means the blood stays in the veins, becoming stagnant there and making them bulge out. Varicose veins can also occur in deeper veins under the skin.
Varicose veins like these can lead to venous thrombosis, which is the medical term for a blood clot. When this occurs, circulation becomes poor. They may lead to swollen ankles, feet and legs, scaly, itchy skin, darkening of the skin, changes in temperature in the legs and feet and may even cause sores and ulcers on the skin to develop. These are called venous stasis ulcers. Blood clots in the legs can be dangerous. Symptoms of venous thrombosis, or blood clots in the legs include, but are not limited to swelling, redness and tenderness along a vein.
What causes varicose veins in the first place?
First we must know the normal functioning of the circulatory system. Arteries bring oxygen rich blood from the heart to the entire body. Then veins bring un-oxygenated blood back up to the heart. Under normal conditions i.e. a good amount of walking during the day, the actions of your leg muscles, joint movement and especially ankle movement, help circulate the blood through the veins and back toward the heart. But with varicose veins, the walls of the veins in the legs are weakened.
The longer a person stands (or sits) without moving, the more the blood pools in the veins. As more blood pools in the veins, the walls of the veins stretch. Symptoms of varicose veins are the appearance of bluish, soft; sometimes tender lumps and bulging veins under the surface of the skin. These can be painful at times, but not always. Very tiny veins of the legs can also dilate. These are called spider veins because of the spider web pattern they form. They are actually not related to real varicose veins at all.
It is suspected that varicose veins run in families. Simply looking at the legs can make a diagnosis. For deep veins, however, a Venogram can be taken, which is an x-ray of the blood vessels. Doppler ultrasound may also be used to study the blood flow.
How can Serrapeptase Help?
Serrapeptase 80,000IU with MSM and Trace Minerals helps immensely as it clears out all of the inflammation and dead tissue. By clearing away this problem tissue it relieves the symptoms.
How many do I take?
Start with 2x Serrapeptase 80,000IU Tablets/Capsules with MSM and Trace Minerals x 3 times per day on an empty stomach and increase it to 4 x 3 if no relief within 7 days, even more if necessary. Then gradually reduce to 1 x 1.
Can I take too many tablets or can it interfere with any drugs I am taking?
No. It has been used for over 25 years with no side effects reported.
What things can I do to help with Varicose Veins?
1. Serrapeptase Enzymes
Take Serrapeptase 80,000IU with MSM and Trace Minerals as recommended.
2. Horse Chestnut
A traditional treatment for varicose veins.
3. Basic Health Plan
Using the Basic Health Plan™ will both help to clear the arteries and keep them clear.
Raising your legs when sitting. This may help reduce the pain and swelling, and may help prevent getting varicose veins at all. When sitting watching TV or reading or even at the computer, try to remember to put your feet up on a chair or footstool, the higher the better. This will help the blood to re-circulate back into the body.
Another thing that can be done is to get custom fitting support stockings. While they are not very attractive, you could wear them under pants and when at home.
Prevention of varicose veins includes the following recommendations:
Take breaks from standing, especially if you have a job where you stand all day, mostly in one place. Alternate between standing on your toes and rocking back on your heels while raising your toes, lowering them and then raising your heels. This will pump your blood from your legs back to your heart. Walking is obviously better than standing still all day and walking fast is better than walking slowly to get better foot movement.
- Wear support stockings or pantyhose.
- Avoid wearing tight banded knee hose or knee socks and tight girdles, which all impair circulation.
- Take short walks during the day; walk on your lunch break. Do calf pumping and make circles with your ankles during the day.
- Avoid sitting with your legs crossed.
- Each day lie on the floor or bed near a wall. Put your feet up on the wall. Lie there for at least fifteen minutes each day. This will allow some or most of the blood that has pooled down in your legs to move out of the legs and back into the body. It is also very relaxing and de-stresses the body. Take a catnap or read a book while doing this exercise, if you like.