Q. Dear Terry, “I was diagnosed with Raynaud’s syndrome a few years ago. My hands turn white and sometimes other colors. I have been able to manage my symptoms pretty well by keeping my hands warm. Are there any supplements that can help with my condition?” – Amelia C., Knoxville, TN
A. Dear Amelia, 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: French grape seed extract, vitamin B6, magnesium, and zinc.
I think French grape seed extract is incredibly 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 400 mg of grape seed extract three times per day.
I also think that 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 minerals magnesium and zinc. 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 10 mg of vitamin B6 (as P-5-P), 100 mg of magnesium (as magnesium bisglycinate chelate), and 5 mg of zinc (as zinc bisglycinate chelate) twice per day.
Terry . . . Naturally
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