A combination of Pycnogenol and coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) appears to improve blood pressure and heart and respiratory rates, according to research published in the journal Panminerva Medica.
Research on both ingredients continues in the heart health arena, but a relatively new formula containing both ingredients suggests a potential for synergistic benefits.
Researchers at Chieti-Pescara University in Italy recruited 53 patients, 54 to 68 years old, with stable congestive heart failure and mild to moderate hypertension. For 12 weeks, patients were assigned to seven daily capsules of placebo or PycnoQ10, a combination of 15 mg of Pycnogenol and 50 mg of KanekaQ10, marketed by Natural Health Science Inc. (Hoboken, NJ). In addition to study treatments, all patients were on personal heart medications.
Compared to placebo, PycnoQ10 significantly improved heart rate, blood pressure, and respiratory rates.
Blood volume was also increased with PcynoQ10. “As a consequence, the oxygen-rich blood supply to organs improves, and patients become more physically energetic,” said Natural Health Science in a press release on the study.
According to the company, the PycnoQ10 study supports results from previous studies.