Q. Dear Terry, “What do you suggest for helping with circulation?” – Paolo M., Madison, WI
A. Dear Paolo, One of my favorite ingredients for supporting the heart and circulation is grape seed extract. Grape seed extract is perhaps one of the most powerful, natural compounds for the cardiovascular system. This botanical can work in numerous ways to support circulation: reduces high blood pressure, protects the blood vessel walls from free radical damage, and prevents the dangerous oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Grape seed extract has also been shown to decrease the risk of blood clotting, without adverse effects on blood thinning. The grape seed extract I prefer is a French grape seed extract, which is tannin-free and only contains low-molecular weight oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) that are well absorbed.
Grape seed extract works even better when combined with a few other heart-supportive ingredients. I would take 30 mg of vitamin B6 (as P-5-P), 300 mg of magnesium (as magnesium bisglycinate chelate), 600 mg of French grape seed extract and pomegranate, and 150 mg of benfotiamine.
There are also three vitamins I think are very important for proper circulation: vitamin A, D, and K. The two main types of vitamin K we obtain through diet or supplements are K1 and K2. Many people are familiar with K1 and its effects on blood clotting, as vitamin K derived its name from the German word “klotting”. However, vitamin K2 is equally important, especially when it comes to proper circulation. Vitamin K2 is used to activate proteins that help carry calcium away from the arteries and into the bones where it belongs. The body’s requirements for vitamin K1 and K2 are relatively low, measured in micrograms (mcg). While K1 is found in leafy greens and green vegetables, K2 is found in liver, meat, egg yolks, full-fat dairy, and the Japanese fermented food called natto. Because everyone has different dietary preferences and needs, supplementing with vitamin K1 and K2 may be necessary.
When taking vitamin K2 for supporting the arteries, I would also include vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol) and vitamin A (as retinyl palmitate). Studies are finding that vitamin D and vitamin K work better when they’re both at optimal levels. Vitamins A and D are also important for the cells that line the inside of our blood vessels. These vitamins all work together to help with healthy circulation.
I recommend 10,000 IU of vitamin A (as retinyl palmitate), 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol), and 45 mcg of vitamin K2 (as menaquinone-7) per day.
Terry . . . Naturally
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