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 News The corruption behind Gauteng Health crisis revealed Medical Yoga may be the right move against urinary incontinence Lifestyle Hubbly hooking lots of young adults on tobacco Mental health Being transgender is not a mental disorder, WHO decides Parenting Are prem babies less successful later in life? News Watching 'Incredibles 2' comes with seizure warning in SA From our sponsors Congestion associated with sinuses can ruin your day Tell us of your unusual allergy and stand a chance to win R2 000! WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal online store voucher! FLU SURVEY: Stand a chance of winning R2 000 cash! Live healthier Living with sinusitis » 7 common sinusitis myths you shouldn’t believe Are you using the correct treatment for your sinusitis? How your mucus can be a guide to sinusitis treatment Suffering from chronic sinusitis? Your mucus might help identify the most effective treatment. Sleep better » Most physical activities help you sleep better 10 tips for better sleep 10 reasons you may have insomnia and how fix it Here are 10 reasons why you may have insomnia – along with possible ways to solve the problem.