6 Reasons to take Pycnogenol
Pine may not be your favorite scent or taste, but it might become your favorite supplement after you learn what one form of pine can do for your body.
Pycnogenol has many uses for the body. In this article, we will discuss 6 reasons you might be interested in adding this pine bark supplement to your daily regimen.
A research study in 2004 found Pycnogenol was helpful in children with asthma. The study reviewed a population of 60 asthmatic children. The group that received Pycnogenol, along with regular asthma intervention, had better lung function than those who had received asthma medication alone. Pycnogenol also may help remove inflammatory agents from the blood, which helps those who have asthma.
Easing Menstrual Woes
Pycnogenol may help relieve painful menstrual cramps. A study of 116 women found Pycnogenol helpful in eliminating or decreasing pain associated with their monthly cycles. The women reported using less or none of the pain medication they would have usually taken for their menstrual cramps.
For Your Beauty and Skin
Pycnogenol may help keep your skin looking healthy and youthful. Pycnogenol is good for capillaries, which supply your skin with nutrients and oxygen. It also fights skin damage caused by the sun and can be used to lighten dark splotches on the skin. Pycnogenol also may help protect your skin’s collagen and protect skin cells from free radicals, which keeps your skin from developing wrinkles.
A Circulation Boost
Pycnogenol is thought to help seal blood vessels, making them more efficient. Pycnogenol has proven to be useful in venous insufficiency, which is a condition where blood struggles to fight gravity in the climb from your feet to your heart. This can cause swelling in the legs. Bad circulation can lead to minor conditions, like cold hands, as well as more dangerous conditions, like blood clots that can lead to stroke or heart attack. You may be able to prevent all of this with Pycnogenol.
Helping People with Diabetes
Pycnogenol was tested with a population of people with Diabetes in 2008. The test showed that that those taking Pycnogenol had lowered their blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol. Diabetics run the risk of having blood vessel damage, because blood sugar can damage the walls of blood vessels. Pycnogenol, as mentioned above, may help seal the blood vessels, which might prevent arterial and venous damage from Diabetes.
A Powerful Antioxidant
Pycnogenol has several antioxidant capabilities, specifically against oxygen and nitrogen radicals. Pycnogenol differs from other antioxidants is that it helps fight free radicals in two ways. The first way is by catching and changing the free radicals floating in our blood. Secondly, Pycnogenol activates our body’s own antioxidant fighting power and increases this potential by up to 200 percent.
Other Pycnogenol Uses
Other conditions researchers believe Pcynogenol is useful for include allergies, arthritis, chronic bronchitis, cirrhosis of the liver, cancer, degenerative diseases, and inflammatory diseases. More research is necessary to say specifically what Pycnogenol can do for each of these conditions.
Pycnogenol has been known to upset a few stomachs. In some studies, participants noted nausea, dizziness, and headache as some of the side effects, though only a small portion of those studied reported any negative side effects. Pycnogenol has not been tested on children and is not recommended for use by children. Don’t take Pycnogenol while you arepregnant or nursing. Pycnogenol can also interact with chemotherapy drugs, and may create irritability in those with ADHD.
Always discuss any supplements or nutritional changes with a health care professional before attempting. Even though Pycnogenol has a fairly good safety rating, like any supplement, it may be harmful for certain individuals due to their specific medical history. Always consult a health care professional about taking any supplements, especially if you have chronic medical conditions or take pharmaceutical medications.
Sources: Prycnogenol – Uses and Benefits of Pycnogenol by Cathy Wong, Nutrasanas, Horphag Research, and a video by Dr. Fred Pescatore, with contributions from AltMeds.com editorial staff.