I have Raynaud’s so my fingers often turn white, or even slightly blue, when I get cold.
Q. Dear Terry, “I have Raynaud’s so my fingers often turn white, or even slightly blue, when I get cold. What would be some things I could try to lessen my symptoms?” — Itzel M., West Jordan, UT
A. Dear Itzel, I highly encourage you to keep your healthcare practitioner in the loop with any supplementation you are considering. To strengthen circulation, there are several ingredients I recommend: mesoglycan, French grape seed extract, vitamin B6, magnesium, and zinc.
To support strong blood vessels, I recommend mesoglycan. 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 mesoglycan twice per day.
I also think French grape seed extract is very beneficial for the vasculature. In scientific studies, grape seed extract has been shown to shield blood vessels and arteries from oxidative stress and free radical damage. I recommend taking a grape seed extract that is tannin-free and standardized to contain only OPCs small enough to be absorbed. I would take grape seed extract three times per day.
Lastly, I think vitamin B6 is very useful to help with vasospasm, which is one of the mechanisms indicated in Raynaud’s. 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 numerous health benefits. I would combine P-5-P with the mineral magnesium. Magnesium plays many roles in the body including helping muscles and blood vessels to relax. Deficiencies are very common due to our diet and lifestyle. Zinc works synergistically with magnesium and vitamin B6. I would take vitamin B6 (as P-5-P), magnesium glycinate chelate, and zinc glycinate chelate three times per day.
Terry . . . Naturally