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Research confirms further uses for Pycnogenol

The results of a new trial have revealed that the supplement, Pycnogenol, could help those with inner ear disorders.

A new study, published in the journal Minerva Medica, has found that this natural pine bark extract significantly improves inner ear-related ailments.

Researchers said that this antioxidant from French maritime pine tree bark significantly improved inner ear blood flow, making it a potential option for those seeking relief from symptoms of Meniere’s disease, such as dizziness, ringing in the ear, hearing loss, inner ear pressure and unsteady balance.

In the study, carried out at the Italian Chieti-Pescara University, researchers treated and monitored 107 patients between the ages of 35 and 55 with Meniere’s disease. All patients were managed with best available management, such as anticholinergics, benzodiazepines, antihistamines, corticosteroids, low salt diet and avoidance of caffeine, alcohol or other stimulants. In addition, one group supplemented with 150mg/day of Pycnogenol.

There was more significant improvement in all registry items at both three and six months in the Pycnogenol group as compared to the control group. After six months of observation, nearly 90 per cent of subjects in the Pycnogenol group were asymptomatic, as compared to just more than 30 per cent in the control group.

Over the treatment period, it was noted that the Pycnogenol significantly improved inner ear blood flow and reduced pressure compared to control group as well as reducing the number of missed work days due to inner ear ailments as compared to control group.

Commenting on the results, Dr Steve Lamm, physician and nutritional medicine expert, said: “Building on previous research, this study suggests that Pycnogenol is a safe and natural option that may bring significant relief to those suffering from these conditions within a relatively short period of time.”