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Study: Pine Bark Improves Heart Function

Study: Pine Bark Improves Heart Function

There are about 400,000 new cases of heart failure diagnosed annually in the U.S., according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Heart failure is a common, chronic, long-term condition that is a result of hypertension–it can be a costly, disabling and potentially deadly disease whereby the heart is unable to pump or eject enough blood to the organs.

Fortunately there are medications that can help treat the problem–and a recent study published in Panminerva Medica reveals that a Pycnogenol and Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) combination, known as PycnoQ10, taken by stable heart failure patients naturally strengthens the heart. Pycnogenol is a natural plant extract which comes from the bark of the maritime pine that grows along the coast of southwest France. It contains a unique combination of procyanidins, bioflavonoids and organic acids, which offer extensive natural health benefits.

The extract has been widely studied for the past 40 years and has more than 280 published studies and review articles ensuring safety and efficacy as an ingredient.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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1:12PM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

interesting. natural is always better.

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7:49PM PST on Feb 23, 2013

lets hope there isn't a run on debarking pine trees now....they're facing enough risks as it is....... there are many more usual dietary sources of CoQ10 although many are meat, but nuts, soybean and olive oils, and some veggies may also supply.....the pycnogenol is as best I can tell only from the pine though.....

10:06PM PST on Feb 6, 2013

Think I'll go outside and take a bite out of a pine tree!

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6:54AM PST on Feb 6, 2013

great news

4:59AM PST on Feb 6, 2013


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