Osteoarthritis Fix: Pine Bark Extract

It has been long known by herbalists that Pine Bark Extract can be used as a home remedy for arthritis. Clinical trials have recently confirmed this, finding that Pine Bark Extract can reduce overall knee osteoarthritis symptoms by 20%, and lower pain by 40%. This is the third clinical trial on Osteoarthritis treatments by Pycnogenol, the manufacturers of Pine Bark Extract. They achieved their results using the French Maritime Pine tree extract. You can check out their product online at Pycnogenol.

Are you one of the many sufferers of this condition? I am. I have had severe Osteoarthritis for over 10 years, mainly a result of other conditions I suffer from that contribute to the destruction of cartilage. In fact, the CDC has estimated that 34% of all adults over the age of 65 are affected by osteoarthritis, and that 26.9 million adults in the U.S. had osteoarthritis in 2005.

The treatment of Osteoarthritis has been a bane to the Pharmaceutical industry, most recently outline by the Vioxx disaster. Many NSAIDs are also dangerous to the heart. But Pycnogenol acts as an anti-inflammatory and the study also suggests that Pycnogenol may assist the joints in recovery. The study lasted 3 months and involved 100 patients with stage I or stage II Osteoarthritis. Each patient was treated with either 150mg Pycnogenol or a comparable dose of a placebo every day.

The study resulted in overall improvements of Osteoarthritic knee symptoms averaging 20% in the Pycnogenol group. This improvement persisted for 4 weeks after quitting use of Pycnogenol. Quite impressive if you ask me. As well, there was a 40% reduction in joint pain after the 3 month trial ended. Two weeks after the study ended the reduction of pain was still 39% lower overall. In addition, those patients treated with Pycnogenol required much less analgesic medication compared to the group that was treated with a placebo. I don’t know about you but I’m about to buy some of this stuff. You can get it really cheap at Vitamin USA . But please check out the side effects, drug interactions, dosage levels and safety of this product by going to Medline Plus . WARNING: Do not use if you are allergic to Pine or Spruce.

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