Horse Chestnut for Cellulite

HorseChestnutThis large flowering deciduous tree yields nuts from seedpods that open in the autumn. The horse chestnut tree’s bitter nuts (not like the sweet chestnuts we roast to eat) contain the most medicinal properties—primarily as a circulatory system booster and an anti-inflammatory. Both of these mechanisms may help with cellulite, as well as its antioxidant properties that support the capillaries.12

  • Suggested dosage: 257-mg/day (standardized to 18-22% of aescin, horse chestnut’s beneficial phytochemical). Taking gingko over the long-term seems to offer the most benefit.12
  • Precautions: Pure aescin from directly consuming horse chestnut seeds/nuts can be toxic to the kidney and liver, and ingesting too many of them (as few as five) can even be fatal.12

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