Pine bark could help people with heart problems, study shows

22nd June 2011

Those suffering from heart problems may be interested to hear that the results of a recent study showed that naturally occurring pine bark may hold the key to improving heart health.

Research carried out at Chieti-Pescara University in Italy found that Pycnogenol, which is derived from pine bark, can be used with CoQ10 as an adjunct to medication to improve blood volume output, physical fitness, blood pressure and heart and respiratory rate.

Scientists discovered that the combination helps to naturally strengthen the heart, increasing the blood volume and improving the oxygen-rich blood supply to the organs.

They looked at the effect of the combination on 53 patients in a 12-week single-blinded placebo controlled observational study, in order to obtain the results.

Dr Gianni Belcaro, a lead researcher on the study, said: "Many conditions that lead to heart failure cannot be reversed, but heart failure can often be medically managed with good results. This study shows that a combination of Pycnogenol and CoQ10 offers an effective, natural solution as adjunct for heart health management."

NICE suggests that 90,000 people are affected by heart failure in the UK.

Posted by Phillip Briggs

1. Belcaro, Ginanni et al. " Investigation of Pycnogenol® in combination with coenzymeQ10 in heart failure patients (NYHA II/III)." Panminerva Medica, June 2011.

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