I am cold all the time and my fingers often turn dark blue and almost black.
Q. Dear Terry, “I am cold all the time and my fingers often turn dark blue and almost black. The only time I feel normal is during the summer. What would you suggest?” — Debbie J., Scranton, PA
A. Dear Debbie, First and foremost, if you haven’t seen a doctor regarding your condition, I highly encourage you to do so. To strengthen circulation, there are four ingredients I recommend: vitamin B6, magnesium, mesoglycan and French grape seed extract.
Many people have heard of vitamin B6, but did you know that not all forms of B6 are the same? I prefer the human, biologically active form of B6 called pyridoxal-5-phosphate (P-5-P). This special form of vitamin B6 is easily utilized by the body and has amazing healing properties. I would combine P-5-P with the mineral magnesium. Magnesium plays many roles in the body and deficiencies are all too common due to our diet and lifestyle. I prefer magnesium in the form of magnesium glycinate chelate. This type of magnesium is well-absorbed and will not cause loose stools or gastrointestinal upset, which can occur with other forms of magnesium. I would take 60 mg of vitamin B6 (as P-5-P) and 200 mg of magnesium glycinate chelate, three times per day.
To support strong blood vessels, I think mesoglycan is incredibly useful. Mesoglycan has been shown in scientific studies to treat diseases of the veins and arteries. Unlike prescription drugs, mesoglycan works by strengthening and repairing weakened blood vessels. I recommend mesoglycan from a porcine (pig) source, so it is bioidentical to the same building blocks in our own bodies. I would take 50 mg of mesoglycan twice per day.
Lastly, I would also take French grape seed extract. In scientific studies, grape seed extract has been shown to shield blood vessels and arteries from free radical damage. I strongly suggest taking a grape seed extract that is tannin-free and standardized to contain only OPCs small enough to be absorbed. I would take 400 mg three times per day.
Terry . . . Naturally