By Nico Erle Ciriaco

Women spend a lot of time caring for their legs to make them look shapely. But due to lifestyle and/or bodily changes, our leg veins become prone to develop problems which affect the look and feeling of our lower extremities.
The complacency to address leg issues stem from a clear misconception and lack of understanding about vein conditions. Yet, Filipinas are not alone in this. A study conducted among 4,000 women from four different countries in Europe and Latin America revealed that 25 per cent of women experience leg pain. Of that number, 16 per cent did not consult anyone about their problem and another 14 per cent spoke to friends and family rather than their doctors. These leg issues are simply trivialized into an aesthetic rather than a functional concern because they are perceived to be not life-threatening.
“75 per cent of those with the condition did not take any oral meds at all. Of the remaining 25 per cent who did, 77 per cent took pain relievers. Clinical trials conducted on both sexes have shown that 25-40 per cent of those afflicted were males.
“Medications can help eradicate spider veins and bulging blood vessels as they help in micro circulation while compression stockings address issues on macro circulation,” apprized Dr. Martin Anthony Villa, head of the Varicose Vein Center of St. Luke’s medical center. He specializes in vascular surgery.
Our leg veins play an important role in the body’s blood circulation. Leg complaints are not a problem by themselves. These conditions may already be early warning signs of a progressive vein disease called Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI). If left ignored, this condition can have a significant impact on the legs, thereby affecting function and one’s mobility.
CVI is a condition where leg veins are already weak and damaged, preventing them from pumping blood back to the heart. Apart from leg pain and the appearance of spider veins, it manifests through symptoms like skin changes, itching and swelling. It is also more common among women than men. Other risk factors include heredity, age, weight, pregnancy, and prolonged sitting/ and/or standing. These signs are compounded by lifestyle patterns that put undue pressure on the legs.
“Women should avoid wearing very high heels and super flat shoes. Calve muscles are engaged at a certain level. Too high heels hurt the legs while flat heeled footwear does not activate the muscles. Tight clothing, like leggings, must still accommodate movement,” Dr. Villa continued.
When we walk, the calves squeeze – making it easier for our leg veins to pump blood back to our heart. However, when we are standing, the blood in our leg veins work harder in pumping blood against gravity.The key to preventing varicose veins and CVI is to improve blood circulation in the lower extremities.
Antistax is a leg vein supplement made from natural red vine leaf extract, known to contain a unique ingredient called bio-active Flaven that is clinically-proven to help maintain and promote healthy legs.The red vine leaf extract is made from a special variety of grape leaves that are carefully harvested and processed to ensure that the content is the same for each tablet.
Bio-active Flaven is a potent combination of flavonoids which have been scientifically-proven to improve blood circulation in the leg area. It acts by repairing and protecting the vein walls to fight against the damaging process of the disease.
“Keep your legs in motion. Circulation starts with the movement at the calves; and the more movement there is, the better. Contrary to popular belief, cool water is our legs’ next best friend. Hot water dilates the veins more. Avoid excessive exposure to heat like the sauna and tanning as well as humid conditions. So a quick cold shower coupled with massage using the fingertips is beneficial.
“Leg elevation for 10 minutes is recommended. Also, minimize crossing of the legs for an extended period of time to facilitate blood flow,” pointed out group brand manager Mely Guerrero.
Marketed by Boehringer Ingelheim Philippines., Antistax strengthens and protects the leg veins; protecting one from common problems such as swelling, itching, cramping (tingling), tiredness (heaviness), and pain.
“We are very pleased to introduce Antistax to Filipinas who, like many women all across the globe, value their legs not only for their aesthetic appeal but also for their functional value. We know that healthy legs are important in order to live an active and quality life.
“Everyday diet must be high in fibrous content. Antistax as a supplement is recommended to be ingested daily for 12 weeks straight. By the 6th week, effects are slowly seen and felt. It can be taken with other medications,” she added.
Antistax is the first and only anti-varicose supplement in the Philippines that restores, regenerates, and protects women’s natural mobility by preventing common leg vein problems. A perfect synergy of nature and science in leg health management, it is proven safe and effective in helping strengthen
Through Antistax, women can now do this without resorting to costly and invasive procedures as injections or surgery. With just a single dose a day, women can now take the first step in caring for their legs’ health.
“Filipinas now have a new option to address their leg problems; so they could ‘dare to bare’ and show their legs off, especially in the hot summer days ahead. Early prevention is still better than cure. Before surgery even becomes an option, effective management should be taken at the onset of the problem,” Dr. Villa concluded.
Antistax is available in all leading pharmacies and drug stores nationwide. For more information, simply visit their Web site,


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