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Varicose veins are often caused by enzymes that destroy the proteoglycan network in the veins, which reduces the strength of vessel walls, causing the veins to dilate and pool blood. Aescin (escin), a triterpenoid isolated from horse chestnut, helps to inhibit these damaging enzymes, increases the tone of the veins and improves return blood flow to the heart.
Grape seed extract works synergistically with horse chestnut to strengthen blood vessels, reduce bruising and inhibit the tendency to develop varicose veins. The helpful flavonoids in grape seed extract, called proanthocyanidins or leucoanthocyanins, are superior antioxidants, protecting capillaries, veins and arteries from free radical damage. Grape seed flavonoids enhance the performance of vitamin C, essential for collagen formation.
Horse Chestnut Extract (Aesculus hippocastanum)
(seed) (18% Aescin [Triterpene Glycoside]).........300 mg
GrapeSeedRich® Grape Seed Extract (Vitis vinifera)
(seed) (95% Polyphenols)......................................50 mg
Uses and benefits
- Helps treat and prevent varicose veins, as well as improving their appearance
- Strengthens vessel walls and enhances blood circulation
- Reduces the feeling of tired, heavy legs, edema, swelling, and bruising
- Useful in chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) and hemorrhoids
Children: Horse chestnut seed preparations are not recommended for children under the age of twelve years unless directed by a health care practitioner. Children over the age of twelve can take the adult dosage.
Pregnancy and Nursing: Horse chestnut preparations have not been evaluated for use during pregnancy and lactation and should not be used by pregnant or lactating women.
Seniors: No special precautions are known.