Q. Dear Terry, “What do you recommend for peripheral artery disease in the feet and legs? My doctor told me to just exercise more, but I would like some other natural support too.”– Naomi J., Atlanta, GA
A. Dear Naomi, I think one of the best ingredients for circulatory support is grape seed extract. Many factors can contribute to the development or progression of peripheral vascular disease. I highly encourage you to find a healthcare practitioner that you feel comfortable with discussing supplementation and lifestyle factors.
By shielding our blood vessels and arteries from free radical damage, grape seed extract helps protect our blood vessels from oxidative stress and damage. Grape seed extract also helps with vasodilation, which can be very useful for many types of circulation issues. Other benefits for the circulatory system include preventing blood clots from forming, decreasing blood pressure, and preventing the oxidation of LDL cholesterol.
I recommend a tannin-free French grape seed extract that is standardized only to provide oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) that are small enough to be absorbed, with a high level of polyphenols. I would take this grape seed extract two to three times per day.
You may also want to consider adding 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.
Terry . . . Naturally
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