Dietary Suggestions for Raynaud’s Sufferers

Dietary Suggestions for Raynaud's

Here are some dietary suggestions for Raynaud’s sufferers from an article in the

  • 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!”

We originally published the link to the full post on, but the article is no longer available.  You might, however, be interested in our post on Nutrition’s Effect on Raynaud’s Disease at:

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.



  1. The article wasn’t specific, but I was advised personally by my rheumatologist that the risk of taking too much fish oil outweighs the potential benefit medically expected from the supplement. Better to get the oil naturally in foods, such as fatty fish.

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