Desert island supplement saves again
Some women really suffer with menopause. Including hot flushes, loss of sex drive, and vaginal dryness. Now it turns out, one of my all-time-favorite supplements-Pycnogenol(r)–may help ease those symptoms.
The evidence appeared in a recent issue of the journal Panminerva Medica.
If you’ve been reading my messages for a while now, you know Pycnogenol is one of my “wouldn’t be stranded on a desert island without it” supplements. It’s pronounced pic-noj-en-all, and it’s an extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree.
This is a very particular tree from a particular pristine forest in the southwest region of France. So while there may be other pine tree bark extracts on the market, Pycnogenol is unique. Thanks to the soil in which it is grown and the environment it grows in. Each pine tree takes on the characteristics of where it is from. So it’s important to use the branded ingredient if you want results to match the research.
And study after study has shown that Pycnogenol is a blockbuster antioxidant. Capable of boosting your heart health, maintaining healthy blood sugar levels, improving skin tone, even improving mental performance, alertness, and mood.
So I’m not surprised it also helps with menopause symptoms, too!
This group of Italian researchers enrolled 70 women in their study. Thirty-eight took 100 mg Pycnogenol daily for an 8-week period, and 32 women did not. Researchers evaluated 33 common signs and symptoms of menopause before the study’s start, and at its end.
Six of the most common symptoms–hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings, irregular periods, loss of libido, and vaginal dryness–were decreased in the Pycnogenol group. The control group had no changes.
The Pycnogenol group also showed significant relief from fatigue, sleeping disorders, concentration and memory problems, dizziness, depression and irritability. Although those findings did not show up as “statistically significant.”
The researchers measured damaging “oxidative stress” in the women by measuring free radicals in the small blood vessels. Oxidative stress was significantly lowered after four and eight weeks. No changes in the control group.
The benefits from Pycnogenol may be, at least in part, due to its effects on decreasing oxidative effects, researchers say.
I could have told them that!
One of the primary benefits of Pycnogenol is its ability to support healthy blood flow in the small blood vessels and capillaries throughout the body. This newest study is another demonstration of that fact.
If I am the first person to introduce you to this funny sounding product, that makes me happy. If I’m not, I hope you consider adding it to your regimen. It is one of my top 10 supplements and I know it will become one of yours.
I generally recommend 100 mg of Pycnogenol a day. It’s also now available in my newest product for NuLogic Nutritionals–CircuLogic. CircuLogic is designed to support healthy blood flow to all the tiniest blood vessels and capillaries from head to toe.