Monday, May 12, 2008

Pycnogenol - A Valuable Tool for Diabetics

In today's post, I'm going to present some recent information that could possibly improve the health of countless diabetics.

What is Pycnogenol?

Pycnogenol is a patented extract that is derived from French maritime pine bark. It is one of the best studied natural supplements currently available.

Pycnogenol - Research Home Page

Why do you think this study is important? What's it all about?

This study enrolled 48 diabetic patients (type 2 diabetics to be exact) for a twelve-week trial. The specific goal of the study was to determine if Pycnogenol could help reduce the need for anti-hypertensive medication (medication that lowers high blood pressure).

The researchers also checked to see if Pycnogenol (at a dosage of 125 mg a day) would have a positive impact on other parameters of both heart health and blood sugar management.

What were the results of the study?

The researchers found that 58.3% of the participants, who were taking Pycnogenol, were able to reach a healthy blood pressure reading while cutting their medication intake by half. In other words, 58.3% of the people that took Pycnogenol, were able to reduce their medication by 50%.

The researchers also found that those taking Pycnogenol showed improvements in other measurements relating to cardiovascular and diabetic health.

Specifically, they found that Pycnogenol:

+ lowered LDL cholesterol and endothelin-1 (cardiovascular factors)

+ lowered HbA1c and fasting plasma glucose (diabetic factors)

What's the take home message?

Pycnogenol is a well-researched supplement that has many clinically proven health benefits (for diabetics and far beyond).

This study provides strong-evidence that the use of Pycnogenol should be considered by many type 2 diabetics who are also taking hypertensive medication.

As always, I suggest you thoroughly research any supplement and/or consult with a knowledgeable health professional prior to combining medications with nutritional supplements.

It's your body and your health care ... participate in the process!

Here's a link to the original study. Check it out!

Pycnogenol - Diabetes Support and More

The Vitamin Tutor

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