by strengthening and maintaining healthy blood vessels
Omega 3 oils – Increasing your Omega 3 fat intake is important for healthy skin and mucous membrane as well as lowering your Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio. Our modern diet often leaves us Omega 3 deficient as well, via an overabundance of inflammation causing Omega 6 oils compared to Omega 3 oils, with the anti-inflammatory effect of our Omega 3’s being impaired. Omega 3 fats have an important anti-inflammatory function that is extremely useful when it comes to a condition like hemorrhoids. Omega 3s are abundant in cold water fish and their oils but also in certain seeds and their oils including flax and chia seeds.
Flax Seeds to Combat hemorrhoids – Flax seeds are high in Omega 3 oils and are a good way to soften stool to avoid constipation and the pain of hemorrhoids. Soak 125 ml/1/4 cup of seed overnight in a glass of water and drink the gel-like concoction the next day for an effective anti –inflammatory constipation remedy. This is ideal to fight hemorrhoids. To get the maximum Omega 3s from your seeds use the cold pressed flax oil on salads or vegetables or grind and sprinkle raw seeds on soups and salads.
Vitamin C – is needed to form and maintain tissue matrix including healthy blood vessels. Recall that the primary symptoms of the iconic Vitamin C deficiency disease, scurvy, are leaky blood vessels. While scurvy is rare today, Vitamin C levels are routinely reduced by stress, too much junk or processed foods and too much alcohol – Mmn, sounds like the modern diet! Ensure you get enough Vitamin C via your food or supplements to strengthen and maintain healthy blood vessels including those in the backside. Luckily, Vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables are great for constipation as well.
Vitamin E – Is a fat soluble vitamin important for healthy cell membrane as well as the prevention of inflammation and especially healing inflamed tissue, important when trying to shrink hemorrhoids. Nuts and seeds are vitamin E rich.
Magnesium – Is often deficient in the modern diet but is key for good vascular tone and integrity as well as nerve and muscle function, including peristaltic action of the colon that propels feces towards the anus and enable defecation. Make sure you get enough magnesium rich food in your diet (including dark leafy greens). Supplement if necessary.
Zinc– This is an important micro mineral often deficient in our western diet because it is removed in the refining process. Getting enough is important in any anti-inflammatory diet including the hemorrhoid diet.