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11-03-2006, 09:18 AM
Does anyone have any personal experience of their vericose veins vanishing on a raw diet? I don't have them but my sisters do...just looking for some information and ya'll are the ones to turn to!! Thanks!
11-03-2006, 11:11 AM
Totally! When I was 90% raw last year, I found that the veins got a lot smaller and stopped hurting after only a few weeks. I stopped taking the herbal supplements I'd been using because I just did not need them. It was one of the best side effects of the raw diet for me. If I'd stuck with it (sigh) - I would probably have normal veins by now. It's amazing, it really is.
I do take supplements now since I've been lesss than reliable on the raw over the past several months. There are several herbs that help: butchers broom, gotu kola, stone root, and horse chestnut, among a few others, but the raw diet does more good than anything. I think what causes the veins to break down to begin with is the high-sugar diet combined with the cooked vegetable fats (cooking vegetable fats creates trans-fatty acids, and this does a real number on the veins). Seeing as I almost lived on fried potatoes for years, it's no wonder I have a problem.
11-03-2006, 11:52 AM
Man, i'm surprised I don't have them! For real, I don't know how I've avoided them. Thanks for your reply Queenie!
Lady Green Jeans
11-03-2006, 12:32 PM
Is this the same as the dark spider veins on the back of the leg? Would love to find out how to be rid of them. Just on my left leg, but really bugs me. Don't wear shorts or short skirts anymore since they really are ugly to me.
11-03-2006, 01:06 PM
Spider veins are just smaller varicose veins. The vein loses elasticity and becomes enlarged.
The herbs really are helpful. I mean, even on a raw diet, I think it might be good to continue with them. I created a formula but I haven't released it yet. But there are several formulas for veins commercially available that I believe work on both kinds of veins. I also have spider veins, and you're right, they make my legs look so ugly, I can't stand them. I'd like to see them disappear on the raw diet, but don't shun the herbs, either.
I simply haven't been on RAW long enough to see an appreciable difference. I'd like to see how it goes over the long term but I have to stick with it!
11-03-2006, 01:48 PM
Oh, don't feel bad Queenie. I didn't stick to raw last year so I'm trying it again. Feels so good to be raw, I don't know why I slipped away from it last year. We'll get there!!
11-03-2006, 01:54 PM
what about the broken capillaries around my eye/nose area?
11-03-2006, 02:14 PM
Gee, I almost hate to post this, but I too have varicose veins. It is inhierted, blood work proved this for me while pregnant with baby #4, and from both my parents. Lucky me!
I have been mostly raw for two years now -- I can tell no difference physically (with the veins), but I must admit, they do not hurt anymore! 4 years ago I had the bad leg stripped. They are redeveloping in that leg and spider veins are also showing up in both legs.
I use this lotion called, "Varicose Lotion" from Kettle Care (www.kettlecae.com) and it seems to be making the spider veins either disappear or get lighter. And the varicose veins are not getting any worse. So maybe it is really helping. I've been using it for over a year.
I think I probably need to do the herbal thing. Thanks for the info on that.
Good luck with your quest to heal! Time! It will take time, I've decided.
11-05-2006, 10:37 AM
I have varicose veins, ever since my first pregnancy. I am watching them. One improvement I've noticed is on my hands & feet, the veins would stick out and I could put my finger on the veins and push down and play with them lol. Most of the time I can't do that anymore, the veins are inside more (I don't know how else to discribe it). At night they are more likely to stick out and sometimes they will and I have no idea why. I have a vein that sticks out on the front of my right leg, bottom part, that still sticks out but not as much and on the upper right leg I have huge veins that I think have shrunk some. I have spider veins on the back of my right leg that I have not seen any improvement with (though I tend to cross my legs which is really bad for you). My left leg has stayed the same, you can see the veins but they never were as bad as the right leg.
I also have hemmorroids which I have had after I had my first baby, they never went away though I have no problem with them.
11-05-2006, 12:32 PM
How long were you raw before you started to see improvements? I have horrible veins that I am thinking about having surgery on. I really don't want the surgery but I am only 41 and my legs look like they are 90 years old. I like to wear shorts but I am so embarrassed that I don't think I can wear them anymore.
11-05-2006, 08:23 PM
I noticed my hands I think it was August. Which made me look at my feet and saw both had improved. I am not totally raw, I'm about 80-85 % raw and it amazed me when I saw my hands. I turned 53 in August, and my feet have had veins sticking out even in my 30s. I started out very slowly eating raw last March. Which for me meant I ate a salad at lunch. I never ate salads before that. I hated chewing & having to take so long to chew up food. After I found this site, raw started to look very doable. I do try to use ginger in my green smoothies and I recently read in the book ''Raw Juices Can Save Your Life'' by Dr. Sandra Cabot that ginger inhibits the formation of blood clots and lowers LDL cholesterol. I sort of stumbled on putting ginger in my smoothies but after I started to do it, I read also in "Juicing For Life'' by Cherie Calbom & Maureen Keane that eating ginger, garlic, & onions help to break down the fibrin surrounding the varicose veins which ppl with varicose veins have a decreased ability to do.
11-05-2006, 09:07 PM
i had a lot of spider veins brought about by birth control pills. going off the BC pills didnt do much..but now that ive been high raw/100% on and off for a year, theyre almost completely gone.
11-05-2006, 11:37 PM
During my third pregnancy I began to have painful vericose veins, and my midwife told me to juice a pineapple a couple of times a week. In a couple of weeks the pain went away. I continued about 1 pineapple a week (juiced) during my pregnancies (I've had 10 babies now) and do not have pain with the veins. I still have them visible in my legs, but they NEVER hurt. As soon as I'm pregnant again, they swell slightly, and then I start the pineapple routine, and I never have a problem. The last two pregnancies, they never even swelled up, however I sporadically did the pinapple juice anyway because it's the tastiest thing in the world! I love it juiced in my Champion juicer from a chilled pineapple (usually I prefer fruit at room temp, but this is fab cold.) I also know a lady who was told to take pinapple enzyme tablets for her veins which she had some relief with, but when I told her about the fresh raw (not canned!) juice, she did it and had remarkable results. I think hers were VERY bad. God bless you all in using fresh raw foods to heal yourselves, God knew what He was doing with the garden didn't He? Ha Ha.
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