Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Pine bark extract shows arthritis benefits

Pine bark extract shows arthritis benefits -
"Extracts from French maritime pine bark may reduce the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis of the knee by about 40 per cent...Moreover, the randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial involving 37 patients with osteoarthritis and using the pine bark extract, Pycnogenol, indicated an improvement in physical function of 52 per cent...after 90 days of Pycnogenol supplementation the WOMAC scores for self-reported pain, stiffness, and physical function were reduced by 43, 35, and 52, respectively...Watson and co-workers do propose that the beneficial effect of the pine bark extract might be due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties..."

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