Q. Dear Terry, “I have been having some edema in my feet lately. I wonder what is causing this? My doctor didn’t know.” – Marcia V., Green Bay, WI
A. Dear Marcia, I encourage you to keep working with your healthcare practitioner to try and find the cause of your edema. With that being said, I believe there are some natural ingredients that can support the vascular system.
Edema occurs when fluid builds up between the cells in our body. There can be many causes of edema and the circulatory system is often involved. Edema often shows up in the feet and ankles due to gravity and fluid settling in the lowest part of the body.
One of my favorite ingredients to support the heart and blood vessels is grape seed extract. Grape seed extract helps to maintain blood vessel flexibility and integrity, which can both contribute to swelling (edema). Studies have shown that grape seed extract can decrease edema from a variety of causes including prolonged sitting, venous insufficiency, surgery, or injury. In one study, a single dose of 400 mg of grape seed extract was shown to decrease leg swelling and edema by 70% in women who were sitting for a prolonged period of time (6 hours).
I prefer French grape seed extract with low-molecular weight oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) that are well absorbed. I would take grape seed extract twice per day.
You may also want to consider taking curcumin. Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Studies have shown that it is also effective for edema. The curcumin I prefer is enhanced with turmeric essential oil. I would take this curcumin twice per day.
Terry . . . Naturally
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