Weakened valves in your legs cause varicose veins. When these valves don’t work as they should, it causes blood to pool and veins become large and twisted. Your risk for varicose veins increases as you age, if you work at a job where you stand for a long time or if you are overweight. A German study concluded that compression therapy with horse chestnut seed extract decreases the excess fluid in legs that often leads to varicose veins.*

For years, folk medicine has turned to horse chestnut to increase the strength of blood vessels and to relieve symptoms of swelling and inflammation. Seek out horse chestnut extract in your local health food store. Look out for common side effects, which can include upset stomach and itching.

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*http://altmedicine.about.com/od/herbsupplementguide/a/horse_chestnut.htm
Photo | “Chestnuts″ | Randi Hausken | Used under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike License

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