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Leg Swelling

Leg swelling is a transient state of edema caused by prolonged sitting, and may occur even during walking in persons with poor circulation or during the later months of pregnancy. Some supplements that improve blood circulation may help with leg swelling.

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Grade Level of Evidence
Robust research conducted with repeated double-blind clinical trials
Multiple studies where at least two are double-blind and placebo controlled
Single double-blind study or multiple cohort studies
Uncontrolled or observational studies only
Level of Evidence
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Consistency of research results
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grade-b Notable Very High See all 3 studies
Symptoms of leg swelling and varicose veins appear to be fairly reliably reduced with the recommended oral doses of horse chestnut supplementation.
grade-b Minor Very High See all 5 studies
The leg swelling associated with chronic venous insufficiency appears to be significantly reduced secondary to treating the state of chronic venous insufficiency.
grade-c Notable Very High See 2 studies
Appears to reduce leg swelling secondary to the enhancement of blood flow. While the evidence is not overly robust, it is comparable if not better than the reference supplement of Horse Chestnut

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