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Green Tea for Varicose Veins?

What Makes Green Tea So Special?

The latest-greatest source for healing of any number of issues, from overweight to varicose veins, is green tea. What is so special about this drink that has drawn it to center stage in so many health circles? In a word - antioxidants.

The antioxidants in green tea are known as polyphenols, which are a type of flavoniod called catechins. There are four major catechins in green tea; epicatechin, epicatechin gallate, epigallocatechin, and apigallocatechin gallate, also known as EGCG. EGCG is the most powerful of green tea antioxidants, and it is also the most researched. Another type of bioflavonoid found in green tea is quercetin, which has been found to possess anti-viral, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Green tea antioxidants are said to be 25 to 100 times more active than vitamin C and are more available than those found in fruits and vegetables. One cup of green tea has anywhere from 10 to 200 milligrams of polyphenols. Several cups of this pleasant drink a day will provide enough antioxidant power to knock out free radicals that are trouble makers for our bodies.

Are You Kidding Me?

So, how does green tea figure into the varicose vein arena? Scientist credit bioflavoniods (green tea is rich in them) with many health benefits that include lowering cholesterol, fighting aging, enhancing the body's ability to fight disease and strengthening blood vessels. Bioflavonoids inhibit the formation of cholesterol plaques and blood clots as well, something that can be part and parcel of varicose veins.

How Varicose Veins Happen

Varicose veins are essentially enlarged veins that are swollen and raised above the skin's surface. These knotty, dark blue or purple veins can be painful and are unsightly. When valves in the veins that allow the blood to flow back to the heart are not functioning properly, blood pools in the veins and causes them to swell. Continued overloading with pooling blood causes the vein tissue to stretch and eventually lose its elasticity, so the blood pools remain in the vein, the vein bulges and the end result is known as varicose veins.

Green Tea Can Be a Real Benefit

There are many treatments available today for varicose veins, including surgery and medications. However, it is possible to strength the walls of the blood vessels without taking drugs or using extreme measures. The antioxidants present in green tea are readily available and can be useful in reducing swelling, strengthening the walls of the blood vessels and healing varicose veins.