We often get questions from our patients if there are any supplements or nutritional recommendations for Lymphedema. It can be difficult to sort through all the products and promises to know what is worth doing. In our research to find answers to this question, we have come across a supplement that has good research to back it up. The active ingredient to look for and research is Micronized Purified Flavonoid Fraction (MPFF). If you want to dig deeper into the science you can search the PubMed library of research articles. The venous and lymphatic systems are dependent on each other for proper functioning. Keeping healthy veins is essential when managing Lymphedema. Since Lymphedema is chronic and often debilitating we want to find all available avenues to manage it optimally and minimize how much it gets in the way of daily living. Adding a good supplement is an easy way to give important building blocks for a healthy system. We decided to add the Vein Formula to our recommended products on this website and in the clinic.
The purpose of a supplement is not to magically heal or artificially treat symptoms, the purpose is to supplement our nutritional intake to make sure our body has what it needs to function optimally. While there is not a specific “Lymphedema diet”, healthy eating is essential for healthy Lymphatics and Veins. The advice for healthy eating is the same if you have Lymphedema, as for anyone. In the clinic, we have seen many patients make healthier choices and over time, the symptoms have decreased significantly and quality of life has improved. One of the purposes of the Lymphatic system is to remove waste products from the body. It is the cleansing system. If the food we eat contains artificial substances that the body would rather not have, the system will have to work that much harder. If it lacks the micronutrients we need, it will function poorly. So, give the body what it needs and it will treat you well. But don’t be hard on yourself. It’s difficult to change habits. We recommend beginning with achievable changes to daily habits. Start with the easy stuff, then gradually add to the challenge.
Here are some basic pointers for healthy nutrition.
- First, forget the “Low Fat” idea. Avoid anything labeled “Low Fat”, it usually contains processed artificial ingredients and high on carbs.
- Look for sources of healthy fat. Nuts, seeds, Coconut oil, Olive oil, Fish.
- Shop the perimeters of the grocery store. That is where real food is sold. Avoid the artificial food-like substances in the isles.
- Cook. Home cooked from real ingredients is usually better than anything processed.
- Avoid drinking sweet drinks. This may be the most important of all.
- Drink lemon water. Lemon is a natural cleansing diuretic and loaded with essential vitamins.
- Eat greens. If you don’t like greens, consider supplementing with a green powder drink.
- Supplement the diet with MPFF ( Vein Formula ) to optimize healthy veins and lymphatics.