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Natural strategies for beautiful legs, from the inside and out
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The most common leg complaint is varicose veins. With age, they usually appear on the calves but can protrude anywhere on the legs. New research shows that Pycnogenol, an extract of antioxidant-rich pine bark, reduces leg swelling and varicose veins. Clinical studies also show that horse chestnut seed extract (an herb) can shrink swollen veins and prevent edema (fluids collecting in the leg that cause swelling). Another beneficial botanical for varicose veins is butcher's broom extract, which works similarly to horse chestnut. (Sanhelios makes an excellent butcher's broom product called Circu Caps.)

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Veins are very delicate, and their valves can be easily damaged by free radicals. Therefore, antioxidants are also vital to the maintenance of healthy veins. Grapeseed extract is rich in the flavonoids and proanthocyanidins that help to firm blood vessels in veins.

When applying topical products, start at the furthest part of the vein and massage toward the body. This motion moves blood along its normal pathway, and keeps pressure from causing blood to flow back through the vein valves, which can worsen varicosities.

Eliminate spider veins with Derma E Clear Vein Crème. Horse chestnut seed extract, grape skin extract, witch hazel, bioflavonoids, and Pycnogenol help reduce capillary redness, disperse bruises, and relieve inflammation from minor skin irritation.

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Minimize the appearance of broken capillaries with JĀSÖNLightening Vitamin K Crème Plus. Horse chestnut seed extract, calendula, and bioflavonoids in this nourishing cream help tone down redness, heal bruises, relieve pain from burns, and moisturize extremely dry skin.

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Support the health of your leg veins and capillaries with Reserveage Organics Beautiful Legs. These capsules combine the proprietary citrus flavonoid Diosmin with resveratrol, grapeseed extract, and other antioxidants to strengthen blood vessels; butcher's broom and horse chestnut are included to boost circulation. This supplement helps diminish the look of spider and varicose veins, and reduces swelling caused by standing or overexertion.

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Prevent varicose and spider veins with Reviva LabsVaricose Vein Lotion with Vitamin P. Massaging legs with this lotion aids circulation, strengthens vein walls, and diminishes the look of varicose veins. Vitamin P and hesperidin-citrus bioflavonoids that improve capillary strength-are formulated with horse chestnut seed and grapeseed extracts to aid circulation and reduce swelling of the ankles and lower leg.

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