LONG-HAUL CIRCULATION is a food supplement strongly recommended when:
■ You travel long distance during an extended journey (more than 6 hours).
■ You travel long distance by car or train.
■ You are subject to motion sickness while traveling.
Ingredients and scientific evidenceOpen tab
Ginger or Zingiber officinale is a widely known herbaceous plant with irregular shaped roots (rhizomes) and used as a flavoring agent or spice in food and a herbal medicine for centuries in China and India (Ayurveda) among others to support digestive imbalances, pain, heartburn, nausea, indigestion and vomiting. Ginger consists in compounds gingerol, shogaols, zingiberene and zingerone, as well as terpenes, vitamins and minerals.
FRENCH MARITIME PINE BARK - PYCNOGENOL®
French Maritime Pine Bark is an extract from the outer pine bark of Pinus pinaster a mono-species growing in Southwest France in Les Landes de Gascogne, also France's largest forest. The use of pine bark was first documented back in 1535, during Jacques Cartier's expedition to Canada the fleet lay stuck on a frozen a river for several months, lacking of fresh supplies. The members of the crew who had suffered from severe scurvy, were treated with a tea made of pine bark and needles several times a day, recommended by the Iroquois Indians. It was later discovered that besides a small content in vitamin C, pine bark contains bioflavonoids in abundance.
Pycnogenol[reg], as a standardized extract of pine bark, contains a combination of 65-75% procyanidins, bioflavonoids (catechin, taxifolin) and various organic acids in naturally defined constant proportions, which offer health benefits including in circulatory health.
HOW DOES LONG-HAUL CIRCULATION SUPPORT HEALTHY VASCULAR CIRCULATION?
During air or car travel, prolonged periods of inactivity in tight spaces can affect the blood flow throughout the body. Poor blood circulation in the legs and ankles results in the blood pooling in the leg veins which causes swelling (edema), stiffness, cramping and discomfort.
In flights, the low oxygen, humidity, and cabin pressure have a dehydrating effect that concentrate the blood. The build-up of plaques (artherosclerosis) composed of fat, cholesterol, calcium and other substances in the arteries increases the risk of blood clot formation or deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Risk factors that contribute to sticky blood platelets include stress, high blood pressure, diabetes and smoking.
Ginger root extract has been commonly used to relieve nausea of pregnancy, motion sickness and postoperative nausea and vomiting. Motion sickness occurs when the brain receives conflicting messages from different sensors about motion and the body's positioning in space, which may be triggered in different situations including car, train, air or ship travels. The primary signs of motion sickness are nausea, dizziness, sweating and vomiting.
One recent clinical study evaluates motion sickness symptoms in individuals subject to it, through a specific questionnaire. The results indicate that supplementation with ginger effectively improves all subscores related to motion sickness manifestations during different types of land-based transportation and trip duration, compared to baseline (condition of pre-travel supplementation).|1|$Pereira Nunes C., et al. (2020). Curr Therap Res, 92, 100591.$
Several clinical investigations have demonstrated French maritime pine bark extract Pycnogenol[reg]'s beneficial activities particularly for the cardiovascular system, by rising endothelial-dependent vasodilation through an increase of nitric oxide production and was shown to improve blood circulation.|2|$Nishioka K., et al. (2007). Hypertens. Res., 30(9):775-780.$
One clinical study specifically investigated the protective effects of Long-Haul Circulation (Zinopin[reg] blend) during prolonged periods of travelling, sometimes referred to as 'economy class syndrome'. The open trial included 167 healthy participants on two long-haul flights each witihin three weeks. Passengers were supplemented with Long-Haul Circulation (Zinopin[reg] blend) one capsule a day prior to departure, two capsules an hour before take-off and one capsule each of the following two consecutive days after arrvial. The results to this open trial showed that Long-Haul Circulation (Zinopin[reg] blend) helps protect against thrombotic events, counteracts swelling of the legs and ankles (75.9% symptom-free, remaining participants noted symptom improvements) and helps manage problems of motion sickness (92.8% no sign) in passengers travelling long-haul.|3|$Scurr J.H., et al. (2005). Eur. Bull. Drug Res., 13:77-81.$
1 Pereira Nunes C., et al. (2020). Clinical evaluation of the use of ginger extract in the preventive managaement of motion sickness. Curr Therap Res, 92, 100591.
2 Nishioka K., et al. (2007). Nishioka Pycnogenol[reg] fench maritime pine bark extract, augments endothelium-dependent vasodilation in humans. Hypertens. Res., 30(9):775-780.
3 Scurr J.H., et al. (2005). Zinopin[reg], its use as a food supplement in traveller's thrombosis, oedema and motion sickness. Eur. Bull. Drug Res., 13:77-81.
Supplement factsOpen tab
Serving size 1 vegetable capsule • Servings per container 10
Amount per serving
Ginger root extract (Zingiber officinale)
French maritime pine bark extract (Pycnogenol[reg]) (Pinus pinaster)
*Daily Reference Value; - DRV not established
Pycnogenol® is a registered trademark of Horphag Research.
Other ingredients: Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (capsule shell), bulking agent: microcrystalline cellulose, anti-caking agent: magnesium salts of fatty acids.
For adults, take one vegetable capsule daily with water.
GMO, lactose, gluten, wheat, sugar, artificial flavors, artificial colors, or colors added
■ Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.
■ Do not exceed the stated recommended daily dose.
■ The product should be stored out of reach of children. Do not use if you are pregnant or while breastfeeding.
■ If you have any medical condition, consult a healthcare practitioner before taking any food supplement.
■ Store in a cool and dry place.
I use it @ work because I sit at my desk all the time and I constantly have problems with heavy legs. After 5 days, I feel the difference :-) !
I look forward to seeing if it works
I flew from Boston to Hawaii and had light legs when I arrived. On me, it seems to work well :-)
I advise to order 10 days before leaving to be sure to have it in time.
Finally a solution for heavy legs on the plane. I'll definitely give it a try.