Review of Horse Chestnut 300 mg - Natures Life Product 15682
Thursday, August 6, 2009
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The circulatory system, made up of thousands of miles of veins, arteries and capillaries, is the body's delivery mechanism for nutrients. In addition to oxygen, the circulatory system transports water, proteins, fats, sugars, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, hormones and antibodies to all of the body's organs and tissues.
Although a healthy circulatory system is strong and flexible, it is also extremely fragile. The delicate walls of veins and capillaries can be easily damaged, which interferes with their ability to deliver nutrients.
Some factors which may contribute to vein and capillary damage include:
Such damage can lead to:
Fortunately, there are simple, easy and all-natural solutions for maintaining a healthy circulatory system (making lifestyle changes for example, as stated in the list above). In addition, scientific research shows that a concentrated, standardized extract from the seeds of the Horse Chestnut tree (Aesculus hippocastanum L.) helps maintain strong capillaries and veins - especially those in the legs.*1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Like many herbs, Horse Chestnut has a long history of traditional use in folk medicine. Externally, it was used in the form of an astringent, hot poultice and ointment to care for both soft, tissue as well as aching joints. The primary active constituent in Horse Chestnut Seeds is aescin (a triterpene glycoside mixture). The seeds also contain stigmasterol and alpha-spinasterol.7, 8
The ability of Horse Chestnut Seed Extract to reduce the body's natural inflammatory response* may be attributed to these natural plant sterols.
This potent extract of a traditional southern European herbal remedy strengthens and helps protect the capillaries from becoming too porous.*9 Standardized Horse Chestnut Seed Extract also helps maintain the small size of capillaries.*4, 10, 11, 12 The major benefit, however, may be aescin's ability to tone and strengthen veins and capillaries by increasing the contracting ability of the elastic fibers in the walls of the veins,*13 thus improving flexibility of the veins.*14
There are indications that Horse Chestnut reduces the activity of lysosomal enzymes, which are more apparent in people with poor blood circulation in veins.*9 These enzymes break down substances in cells (including foreign particles such as bacteria). In the region of the vein and capillary walls however, this breaking apart of cells may weaken the walls and reduce blood circulation.*9 Standardized Horse Chestnut Seed Extract reduces the action of these damaging enzymes and therefore helps maintain healthy blood circulation in the veins.*
Oral doses of Standardized Horse Chestnut Seed Extract are free of any serious side effects and have shown to be well tolerated by those who take it.*9 It also works quickly: one study which used 50 mg of aescin (the amount found in just 300 mg of Nature's Life® standardized extract capsules) showed an improvement in vein strength and integrity within three hours of supplementation.*15
Nature's Life provides this high quality botanical as a dietary supplement capsule with standardized, concentrated aescin. Nature's Life Horse Chestnut Seed Extract capsules contain the same concentrated, sustained release potency used in scientific research noted above to ensure better delivery of valuable aescin to capillaries and veins over a longer period of time.
Nature’s Life also offers a soothing, high quality Horse Chestnut Seed topical creme. When applied topically this natural herbal balm provides many of the same benefits as Nature’s Life Standardized Horse Chestnut Seed Extract capsules taken orally.4,5,6 The balm contains 2% standardized aescin. Significant scientific research has proven that daily application of this beneficial balm to the legs will help maintain healthy and beautiful skin.4,5,6
The natural way to maintain and strengthen healthy veins and capillaries is to eat a healthy, high-fiber diet, stay trim, exercise regularly, and use Nature's Life Sustained Release Standardized Horse Chestnut Seed Extract capsules and Horse Chestnut Herbal Balm.
Chestnut Seed Extract - Caps
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Europe, horse chestnut seed extract is a proven aid to maintain
and improve capillary strength, especially in the legs.*1,3 Capillaries are protected from becoming too porous.2
In one double-blind, placebo controlled, crossover study, horse chestnut
seed extract (providing 50 mg escin taken 2 times daily), improved vein
integrity in only three hours.1
The researchers concluded that horse chestnut effectively supported
capillaries and veins in the legs.*1
study in Lancet compared horse
chestnut to a placebo. The 240 people who received a 300 mg capsule
(standardized to 56 mg escin) of horse chestnut seed extract 2 times
daily, reported that porosity of the capillaries improved significantly.*2
Life uses the finest horse chestnut extract available, tested for purity
and potency and backed by our 100%
chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum L, Family Hippocastanaceae) is a deciduous tree native to southern Europe, but
also cultivated in the United States and Canada. The tree grows 50-80 feet
tall with large palmate-shaped leaves, bearing white, red or yellow
flowers in late spring followed by seed pods with one to six shiny, brown
a triterpene glycoside mixture, is the primary active ingredient in horse
chestnut seed extract. The concentration of escin determines extract
quality and effectiveness. Horse chestnut also contains the phytosterols
beta-sitosterol, stigmasterol and alpha-spinasterol.
chestnut is well tolerated. In controlled studies, the only side effects
noted were mild gastric complaints, including nausea. No adverse effects
were noted and no contraindications were listed.*3
Bisler H, Pfeifer R, Kluken N, Pauschinger P. Effects of horse-chestnut
seed extract on transcapillary filtration in chronic venous insufficiency.
1986, Aug 29. 111(35):1321-9
2. Diehm C, Trampisch HJ, Lange S, and Schmidt C. Comparison of leg compression stocking and oral horse-chestnut seed extract in patients with chronic venous insufficiency. Lancet, 347, Feb 3, 1996 pp. 292-294
3. German Commission E Monographs, American Botanical Council 1996