Pycnogenol® helps in chronic venous insufficiency
Pycnogenol (a product made from French maritime pine bark extract)
significantly improved symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency
(CVI) in a clinical trial involving 40 people.
According to the results of the study, which included both a double-blind
and an open phase, Pycnogenol significantly reduced leg swelling,
sensations of leg heaviness, venous pressure, and capillary leakage
in people with CVI. Study subjects took 100 mg of Pycnogenol three
times a day for two months. The researchers speculated that the
extract's effects were related to antioxidant activity, its ability
to stabilize collagenous structures, or a combination of the two.
Petrassi C, Mastromarino A, Spartera C. Pycnogenol® in
chronic venous insufficiency. Phytomedicine 2000; 7(5):
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