I’m always telling my patients to make sure they’re getting the most out of their workouts. And according to some brand new research, it looks like there’s a safe, natural, and totally drug-free way to do just that. And it can benefit everyday exercisers and hard-core athletes alike.
This placebo-controlled study had two parts. The first half looked at everyday, recreational athletes–or “weekend warriors,” as I like to call them. We’re talking about average, reasonably fit people, like you and me.
The second part was a slightly different story. This half of the study looked at a group of triathletes. (And well… they don’t call it the Ironman for nothing.) Still, groups in both fitness categories got a major boost from regular Pycnogenol® supplementation.
That’s right. Just plain old Pycnogenol®.
Basic fitness tests showed that the everyday “athletes” could run faster and perform more push-ups after just eight weeks of supplementation with 100 mg of this pine bark extract daily. And their two-minute sit-up endurance increased by an incredible 15 percent, on average.
The triathletes, meanwhile, took either 150 mg of Pycnogenol® daily or no supplement over the course of four weeks of training. And wouldn’t you know? By the end of the study, subjects taking Pycnogenol® benefited from double the improvements.
In fact, their triathlon finish times were almost seven minutes shorter on average.
If a simple pine bark supplement can offer benefits like this for young, fit people, just imagine what it might do for someone older, out-of-shape, and just starting to work out for the first time in years. (Or ever.)
Then again, is there anything Pycnogenol® can’t do?
Clinical research supports the benefits of pine bark extract in just about every way imaginable. Circulatory health, immune support, dry eyes, menopause relief, joint pain… you name it, Pycnogenol® can probably help.
So do I really need to say more? There’s a reason I’m always telling you to take Pycnogenol®. The fact is, everyone should be. I recommend at least 50 to 100 mg per day.
“Evaluation of the effects of supplementation with Pycnogenol® on fitness in normal subjects with the Army Physical Fitness Test and in performances of athletes in the 100-minute triathlon.” J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 2013 Dec;53(6):644-54.