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by Dave Foreman
Suffering from “heavy” legs after flying, driving or sitting for extended periods of time can easily be avoided in most cases by using supplements. Another term for this condition is Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) or poor return of blood from feet and legs back to the heart.
CVI may occur following excessive clotting and inflammation of the leg veins, also known as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). CVI can also happen because of the failure of the valves in leg veins to hold blood against gravity. The end result of this is swollen legs, feet and ankles. Using a supplement such as Pycnogenol® seems to significantly reduce symptoms of leg pain, heaviness and edema. It can take up to 12 weeks for results to be realized and the dose used in a study published in Phytomedicine 2000 Oct;7(5):383-8, utilized a dose of 100mg three times daily.