Fight metabolic syndrome with Pycnogenol
by Newsletter Editor
There are five main factors in metabolic syndrome: central obesity—excess fat around the abdomen, high triglycerides, low levels of HDL—the good cholesterol, high blood pressure, and elevated fasting blood sugar levels.
In this study, 64 men and women aged 45 to 55, with all five syndrome factors, took 150 mg of Pycnogenol® per day, while another similar group of 66 people took no treatment. After six months, while the non-treatment group improved in some measures but not in others, men and women taking Pycnogenol had an average 8 percent smaller waist size, 24 percent lower triglycerides, 25 percent increase in HDL (“good”) cholesterol, a five to six percent decrease in systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and a 14.6 percent decrease in fasting blood sugar levels. Women and men who took Pycnogenol had similar rates of improvement.
Reference: Phytotherapy Research; 2013, Electronic Prepublication