Get Ahead of Jet Lag

By Nicole Duncan

If the jet lag that comes from traveling far and wide spoils your jaunts, we’ve got just the remedy for you: a mixture of bioflavonoids extracted from French maritime pine tree bark (sold as Pycnogenol). New research has found that imperceptible brain swellings may do more than upset circadian rhythms to bring on symptoms of jet lag, like fatigue and headaches. The study’s researchers from D’Annunzio University in Italy speculate that Pycnogenol’s antioxidant power and its ability to improve blood circulation soothes jet lag symptoms by reducing swelling in the brain. Travelers participating in the study took 50 mg of Pycnogenol three times daily beginning seven days before their flight.