Friday, July 31, 2015

Pine Bark Extract by Jerry Brainum

Study results have shown that taking a daily dose of the pine bark extract pycnogenol may help to treat or prevent metabolic syndrome, a condition that is linked to type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Researchers administered 150 milligrams per day of the extract to 64 subjects, aged 45 to 55  years, who had exhibited all five risk factors for metabolic syndrome for six months. Another group of 66 matched participants served as controls.

The researchers found that supplementation with the pine bark extract was correlated with reductions in waist circumference, triglycerides, fasting blood glucose and blood pressure and an increase in HDL cholesterol, a.k.a. the good cholesterol. They concluded that the extract may help improve health-risk factors in people with metabolic syndrome.

Belcaro, G., et al. (2013). Pycnogenol® supplementation improves health risk factors in subjects with metabolic syndrome. Phytother Res. Published online January 28.

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