We’re all concerned about what we eat, whether it’s because we want to lose weight, feel better, live longer, or all three.

How about eating healthier to improve the health of your veins? That’s right. The vein specialists at VeinInnovations often talk to our patients about the role that nutrition can play in ongoing vascular health.

Not surprisingly, the foods that are good for vein health are good for overall health; the same is true for foods that should be avoided. However, it’s important to know how what we consume affects our vascular health and may help prevent varicose veins.

Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables

  • Fruits that are high in vitamin C are good for vascular health. Vitamin C helps keep the walls of your veins elastic and strong.foods to eat for good vein health
  • Blueberries are also highly recommended, as they help repair damaged proteins in blood vessel walls.
  • Bananas are high in potassium, which helps prevent water retention (more on that later).
  • Avocados contain vitamin C as well as something called glutathione. This molecule helps protect veins as well as arteries from oxidant damage.
  • Beets contain something called betacyanin. That’s what gives them their deep color. The compound also can help reduce amino acids that can cause damage to blood vessels.

Avoid Salt and Sugar

This is good advice for overall health, but those who want to maintain vascular health should take special note. Ingesting too much sodium causes the body to retain water. If the body has too much sodium (the main ingredient in salt) or not enough potassium, it responds by increasing the amount of blood in circulation. This puts pressure on the veins and the valves inside them, which can lead to weakening or damage.

Processed foods can be particularly high in sodium. So are ham, pizza, soy sauce, and a number of types of cheese. Check the sodium content on the packaging of any food or drink you purchase.

While most people know that salt can cause water retention, fewer realize that sugar can as well. That’s why you should avoid anything with a lot of sugar.

Our state-of-the-art treatments for varicose veins at VeinInnovations remove damaged veins. However, we want our patients’ other veins to remain strong and healthy. That’s why our vein specialists discuss lifestyle changes, including proper nutrition, which can help improve vascular health. Call us today or contact us online to schedule a consultation.