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Can Poor Collagen Increase Your Risk of Developing Varicose Veins?

Can Poor Collagen Increase Your Risk of Developing Varicose Veins?

Posted on April 29, 2014 by Dr. Stephen Rivard

Collagen is the connective tissue that adds structural support to your body by binding or holding parts together. Collagen is actually a protein and accounts for over a quarter of all the protein in your body. It is found in your tendons, joints, ligaments, and even your bones, blood, and eyes. More importantly for our purposes, collagen is responsible for maintaining the elasticity and strength of your blood vessels and skin.

While you may understand the importance of collagen as it applies to healthy, firm skin, what you may not know is that collagen is also vital for maintaining the elasticity and resilience of your veins.  When the collagen in your body begins to degrade or deteriorate, this can cause issues besides wrinkles and may actually lead to your development of varicose veins.  This may be particularly true as we age, because the collagen in our body naturally begins to deteriorate.

Therefore, in addition to other preventative measures that may help reduce your risk of developing varicose veinsvaricose-veins, or making them worse, you may want to consider some simple dietary changes that will help create stronger healthier collagen. Fortunately, collagen is made up of common essential nutrients that can help keep your veins’ health and elasticity, while also providing some general overall health benefits.

Here is a list of the most common:

Vitamin C is great for not only guarding against the common cold, it helps maintain the elasticity in your veins and arteries. Vitamin C helps to create collagen fibers that are both flexible and strong (both of which are needed in good healthy veins), and help to prevent broken capillaries and superficial spider veins.  It also helps to create strong vein valves that help prevent the veins from leaking.

Vitamin E is helpful in reducing risk of heart disease and stroke, particularly for individuals who suffer from diabetes, and is essential for preventing blood clots from occurring. Overall, Vitamin E helps increase healthy circulation and prevents your veins walls from becoming stiff and weak. 

Protein helps increase the strength of collagen. Additionally, protein contains Vitamin B3 or Niacin which help lower cholesterol, which can lead to blood clots. Protein keeps vein walls flexible and durable. 

While taking various supplements may increase the strength and elasticity of your collagen and your veins, it is not a proper solution or an alternative for actually treating your varicose veins once you have them. It’s important to remember that vein disease is real disease, and requires medical intervention now, whether or not you have pain! (It also may be important to consult a nutritionist when taking supplements).


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