There is probably not a more frustrating topic than unsightly varicose veins, especially this time a year when you often have no choice but to have your legs on display. It’s starting to become a major source of concern among so many of my female clients. Females are much more likely to develop these veins— about three times more likely, to be exact— since one of the biggest risk factors is pregnancy, along with getting older, lack of exercise, and getting heavier.
Plus if your oral hygiene is less than optimal, you may also be at risk of developing varicose veins despite your gender. Researchers have discovered that nearly half of all varicose veins contain the exact same kind of bacteria that triggers periodontal disease. Those same bacteria settle on the valves that assist the blood that flows through your legs back up to your heart. When those valves are infected with the periodontal bacteria, they can quickly lose their seal-making ability across the vein. So, rather than flowing uphill, the blood starts to pool downhill.
The result? Veins that are stretched out with damaged cellular walls. Could this also be the reason why so many of us are seeing so many spots and spider veins below the knee?
Whatever the real cause, women are embarrassed and go to great lengths to conceal the blue bulging appearance of varicosities. While surgery is definitely an option for many, surgical procedures do not address the underlining reason that made the varicose veins develop in the first place. And even if the surgery was successful —as it sometimes is— it does not insure that new veins will not develop.
The appearance and discomfort of varicose veins are simply an outward reflection of what is going on inside. You will be surprised, as I was, to discover another piece of the puzzle— overlooked and ignored research that may be a hugely important, forgotten key to healthy veins.
Yes, it is the same vitamin complex that targets calcium absorption directly into the bone: K-2. This vitamin complex plays a crucial role in the biochemical process which produces a substance called MGP (matrix GLA protein) which prevents the calcification of arteries when fully activated. Concurrently, another compound called osteocalcin stimulates the calcification of bones.
Without enough K2, calcium can easily exit the bones and clog up arteries.
The same mechanism which causes the arteries to harden can also occur in the veins. When K2 is deficient, the veins get coated with the calcium which was meant to be deposited in the bones.
So, it stands to reason that taking supplemental vitamin K-2 can help the varicose veins from developing and it will also help to protect the veins that are already there while starting the repair process. It is so much easier to prevent the calcification process in the first place, than undoing it later.
When my clients ask me about a formula for varicose veins, I typically recommend Osteo-Key, the same formula that I developed for daily bone protection. It contains the research-based formulation of Vitamin K-2 (known as MK-7) providing the optimum dosage of 150 mcg daily. This formula also contains the most absorbable form of calcium (microcrystalline hydroxyapatite) to provide a daily 800 mg of elemental calcium with 400 mg magnesium, 150 mg silica, 3 mg boron, 40 mg manganese, and 20 mg zinc which constitute one powerhouse of synergistic bone building minerals.
You don’t have to be embarrassed by veiny veins anymore. Attractive, healthier legs are just a click away.