Pycnogenol®, Arborvitae and Menopause
Pycnogenol is the purest form of maritime pine bark extract available, and is the primary active ingredient in Arborvitae’s range of natural supplements.
Managing Menopause – Research Abstract
The symptoms responding particularly well to supplementation with Pycnogenol were vasomotor-related items: “hot flushes”, “easy sweating”, “cold sensation of body and limbs” and “shortness of breathing”.
Every year millions of women in the world enter the menopausal transition period, also referred to as peri-menopause, ending a woman’s fertile years. While menopause represents a normal stage of a woman’s life, the transition period bears with it numerous bothersome and debilitating symptoms, which commonly greatly affect daily routines, life and health of affected women.
Pycnogenol soothes climacteric symptoms
Pycnogenol pine bark extract has been tested in numerous controlled studies with the aim to identify good health maintenance in women who are going through the menopausal life stage. The virtues identified so far for Pycnogenol reach from general improvement of essentially all menopausal symptoms, to cardiovascular health protection and also improved skin health with elevated skin-hydration and -elasticity.
Other menopause management benefits and insights covered in the report:
- Large double-blind, placebo-controlled study with 170 women
- Pycnogenol does not exert hormonal or phyto-oestrogenic activities
Source: Horphag Research
New Research Indicates That Taking Pycnogenol Daily Reduces Perimenopausal Symptoms and Cardiovascular Risk Factors Such As High Blood Pressure
According to the American Heart Association and Go Red for Women, women show an increased risk of cardiovascular disease at the onset of menopause as the body decreases production of estrogen.
A new peer reviewed and published study (Belcaro et al, 2017) builds upon previous research showing the benefits of Pycnogenol for alleviating various perimenopausal symptoms and is the first study to show the effects of this standardized French Maritime Pine Bark extract on cardiovascular risk markers, homocysteine and CRP levels.
“Women experience quite a few changes throughout menopause – disruptive symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, and even changes in mood. These changes are usually due to less production of estrogen, which can also lead to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease – the number one cause of death in women over the age of 50,” said natural health expert and author Dr. Fred Pescatore.
Key Findings for Many Perimenopausal Women
The results of this new clinical study align with previous research showing reduction of risk factors contributing to cardiovascular disease. In this study and in previous research, Pycnogenol reduced and normalized elevated cardiovascular risk factors often related to perimenopause: cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure and blood glucose.
Healthy Ageing with Pycnogenol
Ageing is a familiar phrase for those of us who avoid focusing on age as a number but rather think of this phenomenon as a state of mind. Thriving as one ages is the ultimate goal, but foremost in our mind is sustaining good health. In truth, it implies mental and physical changes that need our attention; bones, skin, digestion, agility, sleep, exercise, memory, depression, nutrition, stress…the list is complex.
Pycnogenol forms an integral part of Arborvitae’s natural health supplement formulations.