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).
Combined with standard management (avoiding cold, wearing gloves, etc.) Pycnogenol
, a branded pine bark extract supplement, was shown to reduce pain and discoloration, and increase finger temperature compared to standard management alone in a preliminary study.
Several other types of supplements have been tried without success. For example, beetroot juice
was found to provide little benefit to people with Raynaud's in a small study of older adults. In comparison to the reaction to cold before being given beetroot juice, the reaction to cold after taking beetroot juice daily for two weeks (2.4 oz for 13 days and 4.7 oz. on the fourteenth day), showed modestly increased blood flow to the thumb but not to all fingers (averaged) and improved vasodilation in the forearm. However, it did not reduce pain or increase skin temperature and it had no effect on the feet (Shepherd, J Appl Physiol 2019
). (See the CL Answers about beetroot juice for lowering blood pressure
and improving exercise performance
For more information, including dosage and clinical evidence, use the links above, and see the Encyclopedia article about Raynaud's phenomenon
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