What is Horse Chestnut Seed extract?
Horse Chestnut seed extract is made from freshly harvested horse chestnut seeds from a tree native to the Balkan Peninsula. The active component of Horse Chestnut seed extract is aescin, which is believed to offer many different health benefits.
Why are Horse Chestnuts called Horse Chestnuts?
When the Horse Chestnut tree (Aesculus hippocastanum) was brought to the UK in the early 1600's from the Balkans, it got it's name from the fact that its seeds were fed to the Turks. These are the same seeds gathered each autumn for a game of conkers too!
What is Horse Chestnut used for?
Horse chestnut extract is often touted for it's ability to reduce swelling caused by injuries, trauma, surgery, haemorrhoids, and the swelling of the veins near the male testicles, which may lead to infertility. Depending on the severity of a patients symptoms, Horse chestnut extract is often recommended by herbalists to improve the cosmetic appearance of varicose veins in the legs.
Horse Chestnut also contains powerful Antioxidants, as its rich a rich source of the flavonoid compounds; kaempfero and Quercetin.