The secret to fewer sick days this winter—and all year long

It’s cold season. And, though hibernating indoors for the next several months is certainly a great-sounding option (given the temps we’ve had in the Big Apple lately, anyway), it’s not really feasible.

But sometimes, despite your best immune-supporting efforts, you wind up getting a cold anyway. If you find yourself in this situation in the coming weeks, fear not. New research shows one of my all-time favorite supplements can help reduce the duration and severity of the common cold.

Yes, I’m talking about Pycnogenol.®

The study included a treatment group of 70 healthy people between the ages of 25 and 65 who had not contracted a respiratory illness or gotten the flu vaccine over the three previous months. An additional 76 untreated men and women served as controls. At the first sign of a cold, the treatment group was instructed to consume 50 milligrams Pycnogenol twice per day, while the control group just managed symptoms the best they could.

The Pycnogenol group has less congestion, sore throat, and headache—and took fewer sick days from work. They also had less need for additional treatments. (Which is an important distinction, since so many of the over-the-counter treatments out there may temporarily ease your symptoms…but leave you weak and depleted in their wake.)

Why does Pycnogenol work so well? It’s got anti-inflammatory, antiedema and antioxidant qualities, which obviously work directly against the congestion and inflammation that come with a cold.

But even if you’re not battling a cold, I still recommend making Pycnogenol a part of your daily supplement regimen. It confers a slew of benefits that go well beyond the sniffles. It’s been shown to support heart health, blood sugar, blood pressure and joint and muscle health, facilitate healthy blood flow —even ease menopause symptoms.

This stuff really does do it all. I recommend 50-100 mg per day—all year long.


“Improvement of common cold with Pycnogenol®: a Winter registry study.”Panminerva Med. 2014; 56(4): 301-308