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My left ankle swells in hot weather.

Q. Dear Terry, “My left ankle (due to many sprains/torn ligaments in my younger days) swells in hot weather or if I am on it a long time. Do you have any suggestions that might help to alleviate the swelling?” — Barb B., Spokane, WA

A. Dear Barb, I believe you would benefit greatly by adding red vine leaf and butcher’s broom to your daily regimen. You may have already heard of these two powerful ingredients. Red vine leaf contains resveratrol, anthocyanins, and a range of other protective polyphenols and has been clinically proven to relieve the pain and swollen legs associated with varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). Butcher’s broom is also extremely well known for treating varicose veins, other symptoms of CVI, and circulatory health in general.

Together, these two powerful botanicals have the ability to strengthen the veins of the legs and can help stop the swelling you are experiencing. When looking for these two botanical extracts, make sure to choose ones that are standardized for their active compounds. I would recommend taking 1,000 mg total of red vine leaf and butcher’s broom twice daily.


Another excellent supplement for supporting healthy circulation is mesoglycan – a naturally occurring substance found in the body. Mesoglycan is an excellent source of glycosaminoglycans (also known as GAGs) – vital and necessary components that build the walls of our blood vessels and arteries. Mesoglycan works on the actual formation of blood vessel walls, helping them to be strong, yet flexible, plus it helps keep blood moving through our arteries and blood vessels. I recommend taking 100 mg of mesoglycan daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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