Veins Clear - Does it work?

Dr Paul Varcoe Google + - Monday, April 04, 2011

I have recently seen the full page advertisement in The Sunday Mail for yet another product claiming to be helpful in the management of varicose veins and spider veins.

These products seem to appear with monotonous regularity like diet pills and exercise equipment etc. Interestingly, the product “has been specifically developed for people suffering from varicose veins, spider veins etc.” and that it has been “designed to strengthen your vein walls, reduce inflammation etc.”, yet I have been unable to find any scientific evidence (either in the advertisement or on the website) that the product achieves what it has been designed and developed for. There is very frequent use of the word “may” in the advertisement e.g. "Grape seed extract may inhibit ….." ,"Veins Clear may assist with the pain ……", "Grape seed extract may help reduce the risk...", etc. but there is no supporting documentation (regarding clinical trials) that Veins Clear does in fact help anyone. This is in stark contrast with all medical products that cannot be released into the market UNTIL they have a demonstrated benefit and have undergone rigorous impartial testing. Any published papers,  in credible medical journals, requires satisfactory peer review which means that the claims made are substantiated by people with no vested interest in the product.  I have been unable to find any such papers relating to Veins Clear.

You can be the judge but it is my opinion that this product will provide no demonstrable benefit to anyone and the advertisement is just very clever marketing.

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