Have you noticed that even the smallest bump against a wall can leave a bruise?
That’s because skin becomes thinner and loses some of its protective fatty layer and collagen as our hormones decline.
Furthermore, if you worshiped the sun when you were younger, the thinning of the skin can happen much faster. And if that’s not enough, the ageing process weakens tissues that support capillaries, which cause them to become more fragile and prone to bleeding. It can take only a slight bump, that you’re not even aware of to cause a bruise.
What to do? Unless you’re willing to don protective gear, simply keep your head up and be on the lookout for walls, floors, stairs, open doors and drawers and loose rugs!
Most bruises are not a cause for concern. However, if you see a lot of increased bruising, you may want to talk to your doctor to make sure that they are not a signal of something more serious.
How to treat a bruise
- Arnica montana – has been used for medicinal purposes since the 1500s. It has been used to soothe muscle aches, reduce inflammation and heal wounds, especially bruises and sprains. You should only use this herb topically since it can have serious side effects when taken orally.
- Bromelein – This substance is a mixture of enzymes that digest protein. They are found in pineapples, which have been used for centuries to reduce inflammation as well as to treat indigestion. Bromelein is believed to reduce bruising and healing time.
- Vitamin C – Helps heal bruising, so make sure you’re taking your recommended daily allowance.
- Bilberry extract – this natural treatment has potent antioxidants that may reduce or eliminate bruising through stabilising the collagen. This extra also is believed to increase intercellular vitamin C levels and strengthen capillaries.
- Tincture of arnica or arnica gel – Rubbing this onto the bruise may help. This substance comes from a daisy plant that grows in the Rocky Mountains.
- Pycnogenol – This supplement, which is a potent antioxidant that is made from pine tree bark, can strengthen capillaries, arteries and veins.
- Note that some foods can promote fragility of blood vessels and bruising, including green tea and red wine.
- Any herb or supplement with blood thinning properties can cause bruising, as can certain medication.
- Eat foods with vitamin K that help blood to be more viscous and less likely to leak from blood vessels. These foods include cabbage, spinach, broccoli and kale.
- Eat papaya, which has papain that is believed to help break up the dead material that is responsible for bruising