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16 November 2006

Pine bark extract cuts oedema

Daily supplements of the French maritime pine bark extract, Pycnogenol, could reduce oedema by 36 percent in patients taking these medications, says a new study.

Daily supplements of the French maritime pine bark extract, Pycnogenol, could reduce oedema, a typical side-effect of antihypertensive medications, by 36 percent in patients taking these medications, says a new study.

Improvement in blood circulation
Pyconogenol supplements have previously been shown to boost circulation, and Dr Belcaro said that the new study, published in the October issue of the Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/Hemostasis (Vol. 12, pp. 440-444), appears to show the pine bark extract does improve blood circulation, and therefore avoids blood pooling and oedema.

Such conclusions are based on results from 53 hypertensive patients suffering from oedema of their ankles and feet as a result of antihypertensive medications. Twenty-three patients were being treated with angiotensin-I converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and 30 patients were being treated with nifedipine.

Preventing long-term damage
“Pycnogenol controls this type of oedema. It helps to prevent and limit long-term damage in the microcirculation in hypertensive patients, and allows the dose of anti-hypertensive drugs to be reduced in most patients,” concluded the researchers.


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