Facts About Bioflavonoids
Since increasing the integrity of the wall of the vein may also reduce the risk of developing varicose veins, it appears that flavonoid-rich berries, such as hawthorn berries, cherries, blackberries, and blueberries, are beneficial in the prevention and treatment of varicose veins. These berries are very rich sources of proanthocyanidins and anthocyanidins. Proanthocyanidins and anthocyanidins also improve the integrity of support structures of the veins and entire vascular system. Extracts of several of these berries are used widely in Europe as medications for various circulatory conditions, including varicose veins.
The efficacy of flavonoids and flavonoid-rich extracts in treating varicose veins is related to their ability to: (1) reduce capillary fragility, (2) increase the integrity of the venous wall, (3) inhibit the breakdown of the compounds composing the ground substance, and (4) increase the muscular tone of the vein.
Consumption of flavonoid-rich foods (such as berries) or extracts is recommended for individuals with varicose veins, as well as for those who wish to prevent them.
Excerpt from Varicose Veins,
in Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, Revised 2nd Edition. 1998, pg 829.