Previously, we told you about Pycnogenol – the bark extract that’s harvested from a French maritime pine tree – that has been shown to promote blood circulation, relieve symptoms of menopause and even help diabetics manage their blood sugar levels.
If you suffer with osteoarthritis of the knee, I don’t need to remind you of the agonising and debilitating pain you suffer every day. Now, based on the results of a recent study, knee osteoarthritis patients can potentially experience up to 49 per cent pain relief within 3 months when supplementing with Pycnogenol.
In this latest study, US researchers recruited 40 knee osteoarthritis patients, who were divided into two groups to receive either 50mg of Pycnogenol, three times daily, or a placebo. The researchers used the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) to measure changes in symptoms
The results showed that those taking Pycnogenol had significant improvements in their total WOMAC score after just 60 days. After 90 days, the Pycnogenol group reported pain relief by 43 per cent, stiffness by 35 per cent, and composite WOMAC score by 49 per cent, compared to those taking placebo.
Adding to that, the physical function of the Pycnogenol group improved by more than 50 per cent.
Considering that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), commonly prescribed for osteoarthritis pain relief, come with a long list of side effects, Pycnogenol (which has no clinically important side effects listed) looks like a perfect alternative to treat osteoarthritis pain.
Speak to your doctor or alternative health specialist to see if Pycnogenol is right for you.
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Effect of pine bark extract (Pycnogenol) on symptoms of knee osteoarthritis, Phytother Res. 2008 Aug;22(8):1087-92. doi: 10.1002/ptr.2461