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Maritime Pine Bark- Pycnogenol 14 May 2008 11:12 #745

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I've been reading about a certain type of Pine Bark reducing symptoms of Perimenopause/Menopause.

The articles site a research study done in Taiwan. I was wondering if anyone has ever tried this.


Here's what the OFFICAL website of Pycnogenol say:

A natural plant extract from the bark of the maritime pine tree which grows exclusively along the coast of southwest France in Les Landes de Gascogne.

This unspoiled and natural forest environment is the unique source of Pycnogenol®. Pycnogenol® represents a natural combination of genetically programmed constant proportions of procyanidins, bioflavonoids and organic acids.

The extract has four basic properties – it’s a powerful antioxidant, acts as a natural anti-inflammatory, selectively binds to collagen and elastin, and finally, it aids in the production of endothelial nitric oxide which helps to vasodilate blood vessels.

More than 190 scientific articles and clinical trials have confirmed Pycnogenol’s safety, absence of toxicity and clinical efficacy over the past 35 years. Today, Pycnogenol® is one of the most researched ingredients in the natural product marketplace. Published findings have demonstrated Pycnogenol’s beneficial effects in cardiovascular health, skincare, cognitive function, diabetes health, inflammation, sports nutrition, asthma and allergy relief and menstrual disorders, among others.

The Pycnogenol® brand is included in more than 500 dietary supplements, combination, cosmetic products and functional foods and beverages worldwide.

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Horphag Research http://www.pycnogenol.com/health/  



 Here's the abstract to the study done in Taiwan"

Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2007;86(8):978-85.

A Randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial on the effect of Pycnogenol on the climacteric syndrome in peri-menopausal women

Yang HM , Liao MF , Zhu SY , Liao MN , Rohdewald P .
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ham-Ming Hospital, Taiwan.

BACKGROUND: French maritime pine bark extract (Pycnogenol) was found to alleviate menstrual pain and reduce hyperactivity in clinical studies. These results suggest the possibility to observe positive effects in treating climacteric syndrome.

OBJECTIVE: Clinical investigation of the effect of Pycnogenol, French maritime pine bark extract, on the climacteric syndrome. METHODS: Some 200 peri-menopausal women were enrolled in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, and treated with Pycnogenol (200mg) daily. Climacteric symptoms were evaluated by the Women's Health Questionnaire (WHQ), patients were checked for antioxidative status and routine chemistry. A total of 155 women completed the study.

RESULTS: All climacteric symptoms improved, antioxidative status increased and LDL/HDL ratio was favourably altered by Pycnogenol. No side effects were reported.

CONCLUSION: Pycnogenol may offer an alternative method to reducing climacteric symptoms without unwanted effects.

PMID: 17653885 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

 

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Looks like Maritime Pine Bark claims to alleviate just about everything under the sun:
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see these press-releases:

04/16/2008
New Research: Pycnogenol® Naturally Reduces Osteoarthritis

03/17/2008
New Research: Pycnogenol® Improves Memory in Elderly

12/05/2007
New Research: Study Shows Pycnogenol® Naturally Reduces Osteoarthritis Knee Pain

10/17/2007
New Study: Pycnogenol® Boosts Nitric Oxide (NO) Production

09/12/2007
New Study: Pycnogenol Reduces ADHD Symptoms in Children

08/28/2007
New Study: Pycnogenol® Reduces Perimenopausal Symptoms

05/16/2007
New Study: Pycnogenol® Reduces Heart Failure

03/07/2007
New Study: Pycnogenol Significantly Reduces Endometriosis

02/07/2007
Pycnogenol® Delays Glucose Absorption 190 Times More Potently than Prescription Medication

02/06/2007
Horphag Research Launches New Global Web Site Dedicated to Educating Consumers

11/15/2006
Pycnogenol® Reduces Side Effects In Hypertensive Patients

11/01/2006
Horphag Research Launches New Global Web Site

10/03/2006
Pycnogenol® Reduces Diabetic Microangiopathy

09/05/2006
Pine tree bark reduces diabetic leg ulcers

07/12/2006
Study shows pine bark naturally decreases severe chronic venous insufficency

06/16/2006
New study: pycnogenol® reduces adhd symptoms in children

06/14/2006
New research shows Pycnogenol® relieves muscle cramp and pain in athletes and diabetics

04/25/2006
New study: Pycnogenol® prevents harmful inflammation disorders

02/27/2006
Study review shows CoQ10 and Pycnogenol® synergistically enhance cardiovascular health

02/03/2006
Study shows Pycnogenol® naturally reduces Osteoarthritis knee pain by inhibition of Cox, similar to Aspirin

12/20/2005
Study shows pine tree bark improves blood circulation, treats venous ulcers

10/31/2005
Type II diabetics can lower blood sugar, strenghten vessels with pine tree bark

07/08/2005
Study: Pycnogenol® can help prevent leg, ankle swelling on long airline flights

01/20/2005
Pycnogenol® shows effectiveness in management of childhood asthma

10/23/2004
Pycnogenol® research shows effectiveness in treatment of venous thrombosis on long airline flights

10/20/2004
New research on Pycnogenol® records lower blood sugar levels in type ii diabetics on anti-diabetic medication

07/01/2004
Natural health science launches groundbreaking PYCNOQ10â„¢ heart health formula

03/18/2004
Super-antioxidant found to lower glucose levels in type 2 diabetes

02/18/2004
Natural antioxidant found to alleviate high blood pressure
 
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