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A recent study found that supplementation with French pine bark extract helped manage symptoms of fibromyalgia.
A recent study1 found that supplementation with French pine bark extract (Pycnogenol from Horphag Research; Hoboken, NJ) helped manage symptoms of fibromyalgia. In the study, 50 female patients with idiopathic fibromyalgia were assigned to receive Pycnogenol with standard management or standard management alone for four weeks. None of the subjects were taking any drugs, and all of the subjects have elevated levels of oxidative stress at inclusion.
Results showed that the percentage of patients taking NSAIDS as rescue medication was significantly higher in the standard management group compared to the group taking Pycnogenol. The same was true for the use of corticosteroids. Subjects taking Pycnogenol also demonstrated a significant reduction in symptoms and complaints compared to standard management alone.
More specifically, subjects taking Pycnogenol saw improvements in the following symptoms: