Sealing the Leaks
Any new tendency to develop unexplained bruises should be brought to your practitioner’s attention. If everything checks out, however, you might want to consider supporting your body’s ability to form strong, leakproof capillaries.
Like the skin itself, blood vessels are made of a structural protein called collagen. Vitamin C is needed for formation of collagen that’s tough yet flexible, which makes capillaries less prone to breakage.
Vitamin C works best when paired with bioflavonoids, plant compounds that increase the vitamins’s activity within cells. Like C, bioflavonoids are powerful antioxidants, and together they help fight the free radicals that can sap skin of its strength and leave you with a sallow complexion that shows every wayward mark. Two flavonoids, rutin and hesperidin, are particularly noted for their ability to strengthen capillaries.
Another class of phytonutrients are known as oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes. Found in grape seed, red wine and other natural sources, OPCs have been found to inhibit enzymes that degrade collagen and other crucial structural proteins. They have also shown an ability to improve small-vessel circulation and promote wound healing.
Green tea supplies its own set of phytonutrients called catechins. Like OPCs, catechins protect collagen from being degraded by enzymes. In addition, they help protect skin against damage caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
Green tea isn’t the only herb that supports capillary health. Bilberry, best known for promoting healthy vision, has been found to improve blood vessel tone and blood flow. Ginkgo is also valued for its ability to support small-vessel circulation and to help vitamin C build strong collagen.
This article is part 2 of Banishing Bruises is from Energy Times January 2017.
Remember this article is for information only. Do not make any changes in your diet or lifestyle without first consulting with your preventive health care provider. We always pray for your prosperity and health, 3 John 2, blessings, Donna.