Generalities and their Causes

The fragility of the capillaries is a prevalent issue, particularly for women. The causes may be many and may be benign, or even pathological. There are many cases of coexisting genetic predispositions or nutritional deficiencies (in particular Vitamin C as well as avitaminosis) and hormonal fluctuations that are temporary (pregnancy and premenstrual phases) as well as improper behavioral patterns (excessive exposure to sunlight and physical activity, obesity as well as stress).

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However, fewer are women suffering from capillary fragility due to reasons that are pathological (hypersurrenalism Cusching diseases Ehlers-Danlos syndrome Marfan syndrome) or Iatrogenic (as in corticosteroid treatment) and even birth control pills may cause predisposition in certain women increase the risk of developing.

The signs

Capillary fragility manifests itself in the appearance of less or more large punctiform hemorrhagic spots (petechiae, ecchymoses and hemomatomas) particularly on the legs and face. When this picture is especially obvious, is a sign of purpura, a condition which is characterized by hemorrhagic manifestations that tend to develop spontaneously or following minor injuries.


In the absence of pathological or iatrogenic causes Capillary fragility can be treated predominantly with dietary and behavioral therapies.

Popular because of their effectiveness foods and dietary supplements made from the berries (raspberry blueberry, blackberry currant and gooseberry) and cherries, as well as purple plums, and vitamin C that are commonly included – to enhance their antioxidant benefits such as grape juice, citrus fruits such as green tea, and others.

In the field of nutrition supplements using omega-3 essential fatty acids may be recommended and, in the process of taking a look at the old books of traditional medical practices, a diet high in the citrus fruit (especially concentrate lemon juice).

The treatment is pharmacological.

In pharmacies are products that contain active plant ingredients or derivation, which are beneficial in treating capillary fragility. Some of the most famous examples include Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and Esin (obtained through the kernels of horse chestnut) and rutin, also known as the rutoside, and hesperidin (bioflavonoids especially found in citrus fruits, namely the hesperidin-containing buckwheat the rutoside) which exhibit synergistic actions with vitamin C. They aid in the maintenance of collagen, and consequently the capillaries’ health; they improve flexibility of vein wall as well as the absorption of edemas. They can be effective for the treatment of heart disease due to their antihypertensive and anti-inflammatory properties as well as cholesterol-lowering actions).

The Phytotherapy

In the realm of phytotherapy are widely used extracts from pollen, red vines and other substances with flavonoids (Centella Asiatica, Blueberry, Propolis, Milk Thistle, Ginkgo biloba butcher’s Broom or the Butcher’s Broom) and because of this, they are infused with capillary-protective properties. Flavonoids are usually identified with the word vitamin P however, sometimes it is simply referred to as hesperidin, However, these are incorrect terms.


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