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Which supplements help with Raynaud's phenomenon?

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As discussed in the Raynaud's phenomenon article in the Encyclopedia, fish oil, Ginkgo biloba, inositol hexanicotinate (a form of the B vitamin niacin), and ginseng have shown some benefit in Raynaud's phenomenon (abnormal sensitivity of hands and feet to cold). Several other types of supplements have been tried without success. For more information, including dosage and clinical evidence, use the links above, and see the Encyclopedia article about Raynaud's phenomenon.

You can also find information for many other medical conditions in the Conditions section of the Encyclopedia, and by searching our index of Health Conditions.

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Mikel11259   September 7, 2016
What about L-Arginine?

ConsumerLab.com   September 8, 2016
Hi Mike - L-arginine has been tried in treating Raynaud's but results to-date have been mixed. This is discussed in more detail in our L-arginine Supplements Review: https://www.consumerlab.com/reviews/_/arginine/#raynauds

Arch11253   September 6, 2016
B6 has helped me regulate temperature and reduce my temperature sensitivity to cold.

Heidi11249   September 5, 2016
I have had Raynaud's phenomena for years. It was really accelerating and affecting me in summer months and moved to my face. Doctor's talked about pills to help with vascular issues but I wanted to get to the root cause. i went off of all gluten and corn and my Raynaud's is 95% better. I only have sporadic issues and it is only the tips of my fingers. I went off of gluten and corn for gut issues and my Raynaud's became controlled.

Reza11254   September 6, 2016
Yes! so much of what goes on in the body arises from the gut...

Douglas11238   September 4, 2016
I suffer from what seems to like Reynaud's, I have Multiple Sclerosis, Raynaud's or a Reynauds like effect seems to be fairly common among some with MS. Do any of the supplements appear helpful with MS patients?

Angela11236   September 4, 2016
I have had great results with a product called METANX that is a mixture of methylated B6, methylated B12 and methylated Folate. I am not sure which of these ingredients is actually responsible for the improvement since this product contains all 3. All I know is that it has helped me significantly. I passed this along to several others I know that have Raynauds phenomenon, and they benefited as well. I have no financial interest in Metanx nor in any competing product.

Helen11232   September 4, 2016
Magnesium needs to be studied as a means of improving vascular dysregulation. It is involved in normal tension glaucoma, which results from this condition. Supplements may offer the equivalent of about 400 mg per day, which is a very reasonable amount.


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