Lack of movement and obesity can increase your chances of inflammation and swelling in your veins (i.e. thrombophlebitis), which can cause bulging veins such as varicose veins.
Reviewing your diet would be a good next-move. Think about putting more bioflavonoids on your menu. There are 4,000 to 6,000 varieties of these plant-derived compounds. They can be found all over the supermarket: berries, red cabbage, onions, kale, parsley, tea and dark chocolate to name a few.
But here’s what makes them special: They are antioxidants that may fight against free radical damage, which is thought to play a role in many illnesses ranging from high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes to cancer – all of which inflame your body including your leg veins.
“Bioflavonoids are a class of powerful phytochemicals that are known for their anti-inflammatory properties and are believed to help prevent vein disease,” says Dr. Claudia Rios-Datta, who is a pioneer in cryo-sclerotherapy, which quickly turned spider vein treatments into pain-free, minimally invasive, outpatient procedures in 2000. “There are a number of studies that show that Rustin, a type of bioflavonoid, can decrease swelling and pain from venous insufficiency. This is found in asparagus, fruits, as well as fruit rinds from citrus fruits and buckwheat. Other bioflavonoids can be found in grapeseed, pine bark as well as in broccoli, kale, watercress, rutabaga, hot peppers, spinach and red onions. Nearly all fruits and vegetables contain bioflavonoids, as well as chocolate, tea, and some dried beans and seeds that make a great snack.”