I’m a student and have to sit a lot for class. I noticed some swelling in my ankles.
Q. Dear Terry, “I’m a student and have to sit a lot for class. I noticed some swelling in my ankles last week after class and my legs have been more painful than normal. What can I try to prevent this from happening? — Megan T., Los Angeles, CA
A. Dear Megan, Sitting for prolonged periods of time is unfortunately all too common in today’s society. First and foremost, I recommend trying to at least stand up every hour, if possible.
Additionally, there are two powerful botanicals that have the ability to strengthen leg veins and help stop the pain and swelling. I believe you would benefit greatly by adding a combination of red vine leaf extract and butcher’s broom to your daily regimen.
Red vine leaf extract is a cousin of resveratrol from wine. In fact, red vine leaf extract contains resveratrol, anthocyanins, as well as a range of other protective polyphenols. Best yet, it has been clinically proven to relieve the pain and swollen legs associated with varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).
Butcher’s broom is extremely well-known for treating varicose veins, other symptoms of CVI, and circulatory health in general. The key to butcher’s broom success seems to be from the compound ruscogenin. Beyond its ability to fight varicose veins, edema, and thrombosis, it also has anti-inflammatory power.
Together, these two powerful botanicals have the ability to strengthen the veins of the legs and can help stop the tired, heavy feeling you are experiencing.
When looking for a formula, make sure to choose one that contains red vine leaf and butcher’s broom that are standardized for their active compounds. I would take these ingredients one to two times per day.
For additional support, you may also want to consider adding vitamin B6, magnesium, and zinc to help with muscle relaxation and edema. Look for the active form of B6, pyridoxal-5-phosphate (P-5-P), magnesium as magnesium glycinate chelate, and zinc as zinc glycinate chelate. You could take these two to three times daily.