Two videos from CBS affiliate stations – New York and Philadelphia – talk about the use of Botox and Viagra for Raynaud’s. While both treatments are promising, more clinical support is still required to convince the medical community and the insurance industry to apply these treatments on a broader scale to Raynaud’s sufferers.
- Cold Temperatures can cause Raynaud’s Attacks
While everyone experiences a decrease in blood flow in their circulatory system in cold weather, individuals with Raynaud’s Disease have a greater response to cold. In fact, even holding a cold beverage can change the skin color on the tips of your fingers! [Read more…]
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Here are some dietary tips from a recent article in the Examiner.com at http://is.gd/SaLASq:
- Niacin, or Vitamin B-3 does wonders for circulation. Niacin promotes circulation and helps dilate the small blood vessels. Start with 50-100mg of no-flush niacin daily.
- L-Arginine is an essential amino acid as well as a substrate for nitric oxide production. It promotes adequate circulation in tissues and vessels. Sufficient suggested intake is 500mg two to three times per day.
- Magnesium is a mineral which regulates body temperature and helps relax the smooth muscles of small vessels. Start with 500mg per day.
- Essential Fatty Acids such as evening primrose oil, borage oil, and fish oils are essential in maintaining healthy vessels and may help control the pain of Raynaud’s. Liquid or capsule versions are sufficient at recommended dosage on labels.
The author also suggests: “Take advantage of the warming benefits of garlic, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and ginger. Add fresh ginger and garlic to soups and stir-fry recipes. Cayenne peppers are great in chili and Mexican food. Cinnamon sticks or powdered cinnamon are great in teas and hot cereals. Cheap and easily available, these simple items will help take away your winter chill and enhance circulation!”
Continue reading on Examiner.com: http://is.gd/SaLASq
Note: The body of knowledge on nutritional strategies to help Raynaud’s sufferers is limited. We advocate the need for better quality, more consistent study methodologies on nutritional supplements and dietary options that could help Raynaud’s patients better control their attack frequency and severity. Please speak with your doctor before trying any of the above dietary approaches.
A collection of short stories titled Pulse by English author Julian Barnes is reviewed today in the London newspaper The Independent. One of the stories is about a woman with Raynaud’s:
“…while in “Complicity”, the surge of protectiveness a man feels for a woman with Raynaud’s (a condition that results in a limiting of blood flow in the cold) builds a bridge between them.”
Has anyone read the story? We’d love to hear your thoughts! Here’s the review: