Home > Newsletters > Need to Know > Travel-Health: Risks space tourists face, measles outbreak linked to Disney parks, aviation safety in the spotlight Updated 18 November 2014 How to beat jet lag 0 With the holidays coming up many of us are going to spend some time in the air. And with each time zone we cross the more our bodies and minds will be affected by jet lag.Normally your body clock operates on 24 hour cycles, but rapid time changes disrupt all that. The result is jet lag and the symptoms include fatigue, inability to sleep, lethargy, trouble concentrating and making decisions and irritability. While there are various ways to reduce the negative side effects of jet lag, people have been looking for something that has a more tangible effect. If that's you, you may consider taking pine bark extract for a few days before a long-haul flight. In studies, the pine bark extract Pycnogenol reduced problems associated with air travel such as swelling and blood clotting, and also reduced the brain-related symptoms of jet lag.During the study 32 patients who took the Pycnogenol extract (50mg 3 x a day) scored 56% lower on a scale measuring jet lag symptoms like fatigue, grogginess and insomnia 48 hours after their flight, compared to the 30 controls. Their symptoms also only lasted 18.2 hours, on average, while those participants who didn't take the extract had symptoms lasting an average of 39.3 hours.Read more about the study and happy travels! More: Need to KnowTravel-Health: Risks space tourists face, measles outbreak linked to Disney parks, aviation safety in the spotlight advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Fitness ‘I finally learnt how to skip at the age of 36 – this is how you can do it too’ Lifestyle What exactly are ‘dense breasts’? Sex Can you masturbate too much? Medical What is the deadly Nipah virus? News #Health24 ICYMI: Haemorrhoid cream for puffy eyes; 15-year-old getting nude pics; and how many people smoke around the world Lifestyle These are the 6 best tips to stay super healthy during flu season From our sponsors Win a R1 500 hamper with Alpecin Hypertension Consumer Fact Sheet Understanding diabetes self-management WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal voucher! Live healthier Mental health & your work » How open are you about mental illness in the workplace? Mental health in the workplace – what you can do to help If you know that one of your colleagues suffers from a mental illness, would you be able to help them at work? Maligay Govender offers some helpful mental health "first aid" tips. Sleep & You » Sleep vs. no sleep Diagnosis of insomnia 6 things that are sabotaging your sleep Kick these shut-eye killers to the kerb and make your whole life better – overnight.