Skooter reporting 04/03/12
We are now in the final part of Dr. David Juan’s "Pycnogenol" article that runs through many more potential benefits for this natural supplement. The following is our final discussion on this special extract from pine tree bark.
Edema During Flights
In this one study, the purpose is to appraise whether or Pycnogenol could avoid edema that is fluid build-up during long hour flights in normal or healthy people. The participants were divided into two groups, 88 were involved in the control group and 81 in the Pycnogenol group. And the result: the edema score in those participants who were treated with Pycnogenol was increased by 17.9% as compared to an increase of 58.3% in the control group. Not bad according to the study team.
Overall there were 40 patients with retinopathy that is damage to the retina part of the eye from diabetes and other vascular causes were involved in one study. Treated with 150 mg of Pycnogenol per day was thirty patients and the other 10 patients were given placebo for a period of two months. In the placebo group, the retinopathy got worse; whereas, in the Pycnogenol-treated group, there was no deterioration.
In a high-quality study, there were 24 adults aged range from 24 to 53 years old with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). They were given Pycnogenol, placebo, or the standard drug for three weeks. The outcome it failed to show any efficacy of Pycnogenol or methylphenidate when compared to placebo. The research team blamed the negative results to the short period of treatment and the low dosages of Pycnogenol.
In another study, over a period of four weeks, 61 children with ADHD were administered with one mg per kg/day of Pycnogenol or placebo. The end results showed that one month of Pycnogenol headed to a significant reduction of hyperactivity with enhancement in attention and visual-motor coordination and concentration, in contrast to no positive effects in the placebo group. After stopping Pycnogenol for one month, symptoms returned.
Warning signs of menopausal syndrome, also known as climacteric syndrome the following are: hot flashes; chills; headache; and depression. In this investigation, 155 peri-menopausal women participated in a double-blind, placebo-controlled test. They were administered with 200 mg of Pycnogenol daily or with placebo. Pycnogenol-treated subjects encountered an improvement in all menopausal symptoms.
-- Pycnogenol alleviated adverse effects in cancer patients
-- Pycnogenol improved working memory in older adults
-- Pycnogenol lowered the use of analgesic drugs in dysmenorrhea (severe menstrual pain)
-- Pycnogenol reduced symptoms in endometriosis comparable to leuprorelin, the standard drug for this condition
-- Pycnogenol was found to be effective for sun-caused hyperpigmented skin
-- Pycnogenol reduced the inflammation in lupus patients
-- Pycnogenol lowered blood pressure
-- Pycnogenol lowered LDL cholesterol
-- Pycnogenol reduced gingival bleeding and plaque formation
Dr. Juan’s sine qua non: though the initial studies prove many health benefits with the use of Pycnogenol, it still requires larger and better studies in the days to come. Despite the fact that much of this is positive, it will take a time before doctors regularly recommend this dietary supplement for these conditions. If you are interested in using Pycnogenol in your own health, talk to your own doctor about it.