More than half of U.S. women, and up to 45 percent of men, suffer from some type of vein problem, including spider veins. These red or blue discolorations on your skin (most often on your legs or face) resemble spider webs that can cover large patches of your body.
Although spider veins are typically not dangerous, they can be caused by a backup of blood due to weak valves in your veins, a condition that often leads to the more severe varicose veins. Varicose veins are enlarged blue-, red- or flesh-colored veins that may bulge from your skin.
They’re often found on your thighs or back of calves and can become painful or lead to complications including skin ulcers, bleeding, or blood clots. Both spider veins and varicose veins can be distressing psychologically, and may actually be caused by a number of other factors known to increase your risk, including:
- Age (vein problems become more common as you get older)
- Family history
- Hormonal changes, including pregnancy, menopause, puberty and taking birth control pills that contain the hormones estrogen and progesterone
- Lack of movement, such as sitting or standing in pone position for long periods
- Sun exposure, which can cause facial spider veins in some people
It’s important to understand that spider veins are a milder form of varicose veins, which are often associated with underlying inflammation and can lead to more serious problems like phlebitis, or inflammation of your veins. It is this underlying inflammation that you need to target if you want to get rid of vein problems as well as prevent more from occurring.
What is the Conventional Answer to Treating Spider and Varicose Veins?
Conventional medicine currently has no ‘cure’ for varicose and spider veins, which is why their treatments focus on superficial removal. For instance, sclerotherapy involves a chemical injected into your vein, which causes it to seal shut, stop blood flow and eventually turn into scar tissue. Other options include laser treatments, which can be quite painful and require up to five treatments for the spider veins to slowly fade and disappear. Varicose veins may also be treated with radiofrequency treatments or surgery.
These treatments may remove your spider veins, but they won’t do anything to keep more from appearing. You can help to prevent spider veins using the following lifestyle changes,[i] as well as addressing unchecked inflammation in your body.
- Avoid crossing your legs while seated, as this slows blood flow and may cause vessel damage
- Wear chemical-free sunscreen on your face
- Avoid sitting or standing for more than 30 minutes at a time; when sitting for long periods, try to go for a brief walk at least once every 30 minutes. While standing, shift your weight between your legs to promote positive blood flow
- Elevate your legs while you’re resting to decrease the pressure on your veins
- Avoid high-heeled shoes, as lower heels are better for blood flow
- Avoid constricting clothing, which can cause blood to backup in your lower extremities
- Wear compression support stocks as much as possible to slow the development of new varicose veins
Systemic Enzymes Treat Varicose Veins and “Make Spider Veins Disappear”
Proteolytic enzymes are systemic enzymes that enter your bloodstream, offering multiple health benefits that support vein health. These enzymes are naturally produced in your pancreas, but your natural production declines with age; these inflammation-busters become largely depleted as you hit 40 and over — the same time that problematic vein problems often become apparent.
Systemic enzyme therapy, which you can take orally, offers benefits such as:[ii]
- Reducing inflammation
- Stimulating your immune system
- Improving circulation
- Speeding tissue repair
- Bringing nutrients to the damaged area
- Removing waste products
According to “The Complete Book of Enzyme Therapy,” proteolytic enzymes are even effective against the more serious varicose veins, via mechanisms that should help prevent spider veins as well, including normalizing blood flow and blood fluidity. The book notes:[iii]
“A decreased ability to break down fibrin is often found in individuals with varicose veins. But proteolytic enzymes can increase the blood’s fibrinolytic activity, improve blood fluidity, and help normalize blood flow. Bromelain, papain, and enzymes from ahimal sources (pancreatin, trypsin and chymotrypsin) have been effective in treating varicose veins.”
Furthermore, Dr. William Wong ND, PhD explains that one of the greatest benefits of proteolytic enzymes is their ability to clean your blood of debris, making it flow better, while also strengthening blood vessel walls and opening “micro-circulation passages clogged with fibrin, improving circulation overall.” He noted:[iv]
“The Systemic Enzymes effect on spider veins was discovered when patients in Europe, where doctors prescribe systemic enzymes, reported the clearing up of spider veins and easing of varicose vein discomfort. Studies done afterward on the effect of oral enzymes in circulatory diseases confirmed the casual findings.”
Dr. Wong also described one of his own patients who started taking systemic enzymes for back pain and fibromyalgia — and experienced the pleasant side effect of having many of her spider veins disappear, along with the pain in her varicose veins.[v]
Systemic Enzymes Act Against Venous Insufficiency
At the foundational level, varicose veins are often the result of venous insufficiency, a condition in which your vein walls become weakened and the valves damaged, allowing blood to pool in your legs.
Michael Sellar, editor of Enzyme Digest, explains that systemic enzymes can be invaluable for treating such injury to your vascular regions:[vi]
“[Systemic enzymes] have the ability to break down fibrin, inhibit aggregation of platelets, break up fresh clots and accelerate blood flow. Local blood circulation is normalized, the chemicals that give rise to pain are eliminated more quickly, oxygenation is improved and edema is reduced. For these reasons, SET [systemic enzyme therapy] would be valuable in vascular diseases such as thrombosis, phlebitis, varicose veins, etc.”
In fact, he refers to a Czechoslovakian study that concluded:[vii]
“Strong evidence indicates that enzymotherapy ameliorates the disturbed composition and properties of blood and vessel walls, acts preventively as well as therapeutically in thromboses, thromboflebitides and consequences of venous insufficiency …”
Support Your Vein Health Naturally
In addition to the lifestyle changes mentioned above, you can further support your vein health with the tips that follow:[viii]
- Eat garlic, onions, shallots, chives, leeks and scallions; they contain allium compounds that fight free radicals and circulatory disorders
- Eat vitamin-E-rich foods like nuts and eggs, which may help prevent blood clots
- Eat fruits and vegetables rich in the bioflavonoids rutin and quercetin, which may reduce capillary fragility
- The enzyme bromelain, found in pineapple, and also found in Heal-n-Soothe, helps improve circulation and speeds healing
- Eat vitamin-C-rich foods, as vitamin C is essential for vascular function and improves the function of many enzymes
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Written By: Updated: July 10,2014