Oysters are a great source of zinc.

Vitamins and minerals are a key part of any well-rounded diet, and even if you eat a correct proportion of vegetables and fruits every day, it can be easy to eat too much of one while missing out completely on another. For individuals who regularly suffer from venous stasis ulcers, eating a diet that is rich in a few key nutrients is vital to reducing or even halting certain symptoms:

Zinc. Considered an essential mineral that can help maintain a healthy immune system in diabetic and non-diabetic individuals alike, zinc has been shown to help maintain skin and mucosal membranes, according to the National Institutes of Health. The source recommends that adults get about 40 mg per day. While a number of supplements are available, individuals can also add a few zinc-rich foods to their diets:

  • oysters (74 mg)
  • beef chuck (7.0 mg)
  • Alaskan King Crab (6.5 mg)
  • yogurt (1.7 mg)
  • roasted cashews (1.6 mg)

Because most of the richest sources of zinc are found in animal products, it is recommended that vegetarians and vegans take zinc supplements to help reach the appropriate daily dose.

Pycnogenol. Although this supplement has a very technical name, this is just the trademark that has been placed on it. An active ingredient in a number of plants, legumes and fruits, pycnogenol has been used to help assist with circulation issues, as well as other complications arising from diabetes. Pycnogenol is also used to treat some allergies and osteoarthritis issues. Because it is derived from plants and trees that aren’t typically eaten (such as witch hazel), many clinicians will recommend a prescription for the supplement. A daily dose can range from 45 to 360 mgs, depending on the severity of the circulation issues.

Other sources of pycnogenol include:

  • grape seeds
  • peanut skins

Diosmin. This chemical is found naturally in a number of citrus fruits, and many of these fruits are great sources of the supplement. Diosmin helps blood vessels function more adequately and may assist with poor circulation, such as that found in individuals with venous stasis. However, many clinicians prescribe diosmin with hesperidin, a glycoside that is found in many citrus fruits as well, to help complement the effects. The daily recommended dose for those with circulatory issues is 500 milligrams, twice a day, of a mixture made up of 9 parts diosmin and 1 part hesperidin.

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