Is apple cider vinegar good for varicose veins?


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Apple cider vinegar can be used to treat varicose veins by soaking a bit of the liquid into a cotton ball and dabbing it onto varicose veins, says Dana Oliver of The Huffington Post. Apple cider vinegar can also be used to treat aging spots and as a toner.

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Additional home remedies for treating varicose veins include exercising, weight loss, healthy eating, moving around after standing for long periods of time, and elevating the feet, says HowStuffWorks. Varicose veins can also be hereditary, so even if a person does not have them, she may be better off taking steps to prevent them.

Exercise is effective for treating varicose veins because physical activity increases the circulation and prevents the blood from pooling, notes HowStuffWorks. Specific leg exercises that can be done to treat the symptoms of varicose veins include leg raises, cycling, aerobics, running, walking and using a stair machine.

Because heavier people are less active, the muscles in their legs may not do as much work as they need to, which keeps the blood from sufficiently traveling back and forth from the heart to the legs, says HowStuffWorks. Also, the blood vessels of an overweight person contain more blood than a smaller person's, which puts more strain on the heavier person's blood vessels.

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