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Issue 89: Do You Say "Yes" to the Dress?

Spring brings beautiful spring dresses, but some women aren’t confident about showing their legs due to vein health. How about you?

Spring is here and summer’s just around the corner. For many women, that means bringing out and wearing their lovely skirts and dresses. Some of those same women—and possibly many others—may not be all that excited about wearing clothes that show their legs, however. For them, it can be a near-mortifying experience. Why? Millions of adult women have issues with vein health that make them self-conscious or downright embarrassed.

It may be a widespread concern, too. In fact, an article published in July 2009, indicated that nearly half—47%---of all British women literally “hate” their legs. What’s more is that one in six of those women will not even show their legs in public by wearing skirts or dresses—and the same amount of women will not even show their legs to their partners. According to the article, the women’s reasons varied from varicose veins, excess fat, cellulite or being too pale.

The study included the responses of 4,000 polled women. Other findings from the study include that 17% of the women “believed that their legs have held them back in life,” while 63% said “they’d feel more confident if they were happier about their legs.”

Additionally, 28% of the women polled were so self-conscious about their legs that they wouldn’t wear a bikini while on vacation—with 49% of the women opting to wear a sarong or a towel at the pool to cover up their legs.

Now back to the dress…

The study also indicated that women hate their legs so much that, during the summer, they would wear a skirt or dress only twice a week. The study also found that women worry about their legs at least twice a day and spend about an hour and a half thinking about their legs, weight and dress size.

"It's saddening to hear how many women hate their legs and it seems that often this comes down to a lack of confidence," psychologist Corinne Sweet said.

Some women, however, have found some help in diosmin—a naturally occurring antioxidant bioflavonoid that comes from various plant sources.†  As a bioflavonoid and antioxidant, diosmin supports already healthy levels of inflammation as well as free-radical scavenging. First isolated from Scrophularia nodosa in 1925, diosmin made its way into the “vascular support” spotlight in 1969.

In fact, diosmin’s been used for over 40 years to help maintain overall blood vessel strength. Additionally, it is backed by human clinical studies and has been widely prescribed by doctors in Europe for decades. Studies in which diosmin has been clinically tested have indicated that it can reduce the visible signs of varicose veins and spider veins. But that’s not all. It is reported to also alleviate occasional swelling in the legs and ankles.†

Diosmin also promotes the health and tone of veins and capillaries, especially in the legs, supporting healthy circulation. Additionally, diosmin promotes natural lymphatic flow and drainage, which is a plus for supporting the body’s natural detoxification system.

That may just provide the confidence some women need to say yes to the dress this spring and summer!

† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of an individual consultation or examination or replace the advice of your health care professional and should not be relied upon to determine diagnosis or course of treatment.

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