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.