Take the Heat off those Legs!

If heat is usually synonymous with lightness, relaxation and good mood, it, unfortunately, rhymes with fatigue and heavy legs for many women!

If summer is usually synonymous with lightness, relaxation and good mood, it, unfortunately, rhymes with fatigue and heavy legs for many women!

This unpleasant feeling of heaviness and fatigue in the legs is related to the fact that the venous return (rise of blood from the legs to the heart) malfunctions and blood “stagnant” in the lower limbs. To facilitate this return blood, The veins comprise a valve system (small folds inside the vein), elastic fiber and a “muscular system” which reinforce the tonicity of their wall and provide resistance to pressure.

This poor circulation in the veins, especially when dilated by heat, is more common in women and is also linked to factors such as heredity, age, overweight and physical inactivity.

The feeling of heavy legs is sometimes accompanied by cramps, tingling or swelling. Beyond the discomfort, it may eventually expand the capillaries and veins, causing spider veins or varicose veins

Healthy eating and physical activity such as walking is, of course, very beneficial in case of heavy legs but is rarely enough.

To fully enjoy the summer, without suffering the inconvenience of poor circulation,  Phytovitality is a natural solution to act effectively and naturally.

1-Red vine to promote venous return and avoid edema.

The EMA (European Medicines Agency), recognizes the effectiveness of red wine in the symptomatic treatment of disorders of the venous circulation (heavy legs and varicose veins), in the treatment of capillary fragility and in the treatment of burns and irritation associated with hemorrhoids crisis(1)

It also recognizes red vine extracts anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-edematous properties with a protective action on the liver, as well as antimicrobial, and diuretic.

All these properties have of course been validated by scientific research on grape polyphenols, including resveratrol and oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPC ) (2) (3):

– Resveratrol (found in grape skin) shows potent anti-oxidant activity and a real ability to slow ageing of vessels. It, therefore, has a protective and stimulating effect on the circulatory system.

– The anthocyanins (found in the leaves of the red vine) decrease capillary permeability and increase their strength, avoiding venous stasis. In grapes, this angioprotective action is enhanced by the presence of tannins, astringents, and vasoconstrictors, which promote venous return in the legs: the oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPC ).

Consumption of red vine extracts makes it possible to promote venous return and acting directly on the feeling of heavy legs and prevent or decrease edema.

2- Blackcurrant for preventive and healing capacity vein and vessels

Blackcurrant berries owe their intense coloration to complex molecules, anthocyanins, with properties similar to those of vitamin P. They also contain three times more vitamin C than oranges and are rich in provitamin A and vitamin E.
Recent studies have shown that the antioxidant power of blackcurrants and its action against the ageing of the vessel wall comes from a synergy between its various compounds (anthocyanins, quercetin, vitamins a, C and E) (4).

Blackcurrant berries are also vasculoprotective and veinotonic because they reinforce the strength and permeability of capillaries, improving microcirculation in the lower limbs.

It is also known that blackcurrant seeds are rich in essential fatty acids of the Omega -3 family ( alpha -linolenic acid, stearidonic acid, for example) and that of the omega-6 (gamma -linolenic acid, for example). These fatty acids have hypotensive  (low blood pressure, or voltage) and anti-inflammatory properties, interesting for swollen and “warm” legs (5).

The specificity of blackcurrants resides in the easy assimilation of its elements by the body.

The blackcurrants, with many properties, are essential to a preventions phase or at the onset of symptoms.

3- Blueberry to improve microcirculation

Blueberry, rich in vitamin C, also provides iron, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus. It has a record amount of flavonoids with plasticizing, antioxidant and anticancer properties. Besides other phenolic components, the fruits contain a high concentration of anthocyanins, whose anti-oxidative effect far exceeds that of vitamins C and E.

Numerous clinical and epidemiological studies have been published on the relationship between the consumption of blueberries and a reduced risk of cardiovascular and degenerative diseases. They indicate that consumption of flavonoids reduces the risk of loss of elasticity of arteries including those of the legs (arteriosclerosis). Moreover, phenolic compounds in blueberries help reduce oxidation of blood lipids, the effects of oxidative stress and inflammation of the vascular system (edema, vasodilation, redness) (6).

Blueberry, therefore, strengthens capillaries (anthocyanosides) by protecting them from oxidation (7), improves the contractile functions of the vessels and reduced inflammation.

4- Olive tree, natural hypotensive 

The “trend” of the Mediterranean diet was born from extensive research that showed that the death rate for cardiovascular disease is lower in the countries consuming olive oil.

Furthermore, the proven efficacy of olive leaf makes it a preventive and curative treatment for high blood pressure. It improves circulation by relaxing and dilating the arteries, also promotes diuresis, helps reduce edema and reduces blood urea.

Why? Because it contains:

– Oleuropein, significant oxidation inhibitor.
– Oleuropeoside, which has hypotensive properties and acts on the effects of high blood pressure such as a headache, dizziness, ringing in the ears. It also has diuretic, hypoglycemic and spasmolytic properties, with a vasodilator and antiarrhythmic Action (8) (9).
– Flavonoids, antioxidants that help neutralize free radicals and play an important role in protecting the artery wall.

5- plants to combine for an effective and global action!

Each of the above-described plants has active ingredients with specific properties. If these properties seem similar, the important message here is that only a complex of these plants, combined together, provides effective action on all the disorders of venous insufficiency and enables women to find lightness and relief for their legs.

However, consuming blends of plant extracts can be potentially dangerous and, due to the wide variation in the composition of natural products on the market, it is essential to ensure the provenance, the strength, and concentration of the active ingredients in the products.

We recommend the following 100% natural complex:

– It is composed of a mixture of titrated dry extracts of red vine, blackcurrant, blueberry, and olive,
– It attenuates the feeling of heavy legs,
– It improves venous return,
– It reduces edema,
– It strengthens capillaries and veins,
– It is made of 100% natural active ingredients with a “smart” and sequential formulation for a synergistic and effective action of the components,
– It is completely bioavailable and biocompatible,
– Fruit of recent galenic innovations, it is presented in the form of micro granules
– “Controlled release” to ensure a prolonged effectiveness and targeted active in the body.

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[1] Étude de l’EMA :

[2] Henriet JP. Exemplary study for a phlebotropic substance, the EIVE Study [translated from French]. Fairfield, Conn: Primary Source; not dated. Étude mentionnée et résumée dans : Natural Standard (Ed). Herbs & Supplements – Grape seed (Vitis vinifera, Vitis coignetiae), Nature Medicine Quality Standard. http://www.naturalstandard.com/
[3] Delacroix P. Double-blind study of Endotelon W in chronic venous insufficiency [translated from French]. La Revue de Médecine. Aug/Sept.1981;no.27-28:1793- 1802. Étude mentionnée et résumée dans : Natural Standard (Ed). Foods, Herbs & Supplements – Grape seed (Vitis vinifera, Vitis coignetiae), Nature Medicine Quality Standard. www.naturalstandard.com
[(4] Études sur le cassis :
“Antioxidant Activity of Black Currant Anthocyanin Aglycons and Their Glycosides Measured by Chemiluminescence in a Neutral pH Region and in Human Plasma”. Matsumoto, H., Y. Nakamura, et al. (2002). J. Agric. Food Chem. 50(18): 5034-5037
[5] Thèse « Le Cassis (ribes nigrum L.) : études botanique, chimique et effets thérapeutiques », Stéphanie GERBAKA, Grenoble 2013
(6) Neto CC. Cranberry and blueberry: evidence for protective effects against cancer and vascular diseases. Mol Nutr Food Res. 2007 Jun; 51(6):652-64
[7] Kay CD, Holub BJ. The effect of wild blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium) consumption on postprandial serum antioxidant status in human subjects
[8] Susalit E, Agus, N Olive (Olea europaea) leaf extract effective in patients with stage-1 hypertension: Comparison with Captopril., Effendi I et al. Phytomedicine. 2010 Oct 29
[9] Syed Haris Omar, Oleuropein in Olive and its Pharmacological Effects

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