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My job involves a lot of sitting and standing. By the end of the day, my legs feel tired, heavy, and achy.

Q. Dear Terry, “My job involves a lot of sitting and standing. By the end of the day, my legs feel tired, heavy, and achy. Sometimes my legs swell so bad that my socks leave a mark. Do you have any suggestions?” — Gretchen M., Phoenix, AZ.

A. Dear Gretchen, To rule out any underlying conditions, I would first see your doctor. If everything is normal, then I would try the ingredients discussed below.

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 1000 mg of this combination once or twice per day.

For additional support, you may also want to consider adding vitamin B6 and magnesium to help with muscle relaxation and edema. Look for the active form of B6, pyridoxal-5-phosphate (P-5-P), and magnesium as magnesium glycinate chelate. I would take 30-60 mg of vitamin B6 and 100-200 mg of magnesium twice per day.  

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally


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