Horse Chestnut Extract - Where and Why to Buy This Anti-oxidant

Horse Chestnut Extract – What it is

Horse chestnut extract is made from the seeds of the horse chestnut tree. It is an anti-oxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. Used as an herbal supplement, it has undergone clinical trials and been deemed beneficial to a great many people, particularly those who suffer from vein issues.

This is not one of the more well-known herbal remedies. At least, I had not heard of it before. That’s one of the reasons for this hub. I figured if it made me go, “huh!” that others might find this topic interesting, as well.

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Horse chestnut extract comes from the seeds
Horse chestnut extract comes from the seeds

What Horse Chestnut Extract Does

As mentioned above, this extract has anti oxidant properties, so it helps protect your body from free radical damage and reduces swelling while increasing circulation. This natural product will also help relieve pain, lethargy and that heavy, tight feeling caused by swollen legs or to help with varicose veins.

Thanks to aescin, a natural compound found in this supplement, people who take horse chestnut extract will likely experience improved blood vessel and capillary health, as it improves blood flow and tones the artery walls. Great for reducing swelling!

Who Will Find Horse Chestnut Extract Most Helpful

Those who suffer from vein or inflammatory issues are probably the ones who can most be helped. The following partial list shows some of the conditions that respond well to this natural supplement:

  • Hemorrhoids
  • Varicose veins
  • Poor circulation
  • Edema
  • ‘Leaky’ blood vessels and capillaries
  • Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI)

Although more commonly used in Europe for CVI, this herb is starting to catch on here in North America as more people find out about it.

Who Should Not Use Horse Chestnut Extract

Naturally, if you are pregnant or nursing or you have never tried this before, talk to your doctor before you even think about taking it. Also, I would not give this to a child, mostly because I don’t know what the effects or side effects would be on a youngster.

If you take blood thinners, you should probably avoid using horse chestnut extract as the consequences may be serious. As with/for the people mentioned in the paragraph above, speak with your physician before taking this supplement.

Where to Buy Horse Chestnut Extract

Check your local or online health food stores or this page. Try to find the best product from a reputable company to ensure that you’re taking the purest, highest quality possible.

If you have personally used horse chestnut extract, I would love to hear of your experience with this natural supplement.

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