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I've had Raynaud's in my feet and nose for about 30 years.

Q. Dear Terry, “I've had Raynaud's in my feet and nose (and to a lesser degree in my ears and hands) for about 30 years. Cool and cold temperatures and stress affect my symptoms the most. When I'm in temps below about 70 degrees, I get a burning sensation similar to what one would feel with frostbite. The pain I have in autumn, winter, and spring is most miserable. What recommendations would you suggest for help with this?” — Barbara S., Raleigh, NC

A. Dear Barbara, When it comes to Raynaud’s disease, I believe you would benefit greatly by adding mesoglycan and grape seed extract to your daily regimen.

Mesoglycan is a naturally occurring substance found in the body. Mesoglycan is an excellent source of glycosaminoglycans (also known as GAGs) – vital and necessary components that build the walls of our blood vessels and arteries. Other examples of GAGs include chondroitin and hyaluronic acid. Mesoglycan works on the actual formation of blood vessel walls, helping them to be strong, yet flexible, plus it helps keep blood moving through our arteries and blood vessels. I recommend taking mesoglycan from a porcine (pig) source twice daily.

In addition to the mesoglycan, you may also want to consider taking grape seed extract. Grape seed extract has vasodilating– blood vessel relaxing – properties. It also helps to protect the blood vessel walls from damaging free radical activity, which can contribute to circulation issues. I would recommend taking grape seed extract up to three times daily.

When looking for a grape seed extract, it is important to choose one that is standardized to contain only OPCs that are small enough to be absorbed, so you’ll get the maximum benefits. Many extracts contain tannins, which are too large to be effectively absorbed and don’t contribute to your health the same way that OPCs do. However, these tannins are counted as OPCs and enhance the label claim, even though they cannot be absorbed! Look for tannin-free French grape seed extract for maximum benefits.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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