Daily supplements of Pycnogenol® (pine bark) may boost vascular health in people with stable coronary artery disease. Eight weeks of supplementation with Pycnogenol® were associated with significant improvements in the function of the cells lining blood vessels (endothelial cells), report researchers from the University Hospital Zurich and the University of Zurich.
200 mg per day of the pine bark extract resulted in an increase in flow mediated dilation (FMD) from 5.3 to 7.0, while no such improvements were observed for placebo. FMD is a measure of a blood vessel’s healthy ability to relax.
Pycnogenol is a combination of procyanidins, bioflavonoids and organic acids extracted from the bark of the maritime pine.
Results showed that eight weeks of supplementation with Pycnogenol was associated with a significant increase in artery dilation of 32%, while it remained unchanged in the placebo group.
European Heart Journal.
October 2010 Journal Panminerva Medica, • Daily supplements of French maritime pine bark extract (Pycnogenol) may ease tinnitus. • It may improve blood flow to the inner ear and therefore relieve tinnitus symptoms.
•Impaired blood flow to the ear is a common cause for tinnitus.
Patients should try 100 to 150 milligrams per day of Pycnogenol (pine bark). Order @ www.DrJeffreyTucker.meta-ehealth.com
•Pycnogenol is effective in a short period of time in relieving tinnitus symptoms by improving cochlear blood flow.
Panminerva Medica 52(2 Suppl 1):63-68, 2010
Phytotherapy Research Published online ahead of print.
Seven weeks of supplementation with the branded pine bark extract Pycnogenol® reduced the level of non-prescription antihistamine medication use to only 12.5%. Fifty percent of participants in the placebo group required the antihistamines.
Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen or fungal spores, most commonly grass pollen. According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, about 60 million people in the U.S. are affected by allergic rhinitis.
The immune system mistakes the spores for harmful invaders and white blood cells—T-helper type 2 (Th2) lymphocytes—produce protein-like cytokines, such as interleukin-4 (IL-4), IL-5 and IL-6, which in turn promote the synthesis of immune system immunoglobulins (Ig), which bind the pollen and fight it off.
Participants took 100 mg per day of the pine bark extract supplement throughout the allergy season.
Results showed that IgE levels increased by 32% in the placebo group, compared with only 19% in the pine bark extract group.
Pycnogenol decreases nasal and ocular symptoms in allergic rhinitis patients.
It takes about five weeks for Pycnogenol to impact hay fever symptoms. Relief from allergies was better the longer the subjects were on Pycnogenol prior to the allergen exposure. The best results were found with subjects who took Pycnogenol seven to eight weeks ahead of the allergy season.
I have seen good results for my patients using Pycnogenol, Phyto Complete (Metagenics) and Perimine (Metagenics) for allergy symptoms.