Pycnogenol helps athletes perform better, recover faster
by Newsletter Editor
In the first study to test Pycnogenol® in high-stress sports training, 147 men and women prepared for a triathlon while taking 100 mg of Pycnogenol per day or a placebo. After eight weeks, all participants improved two-mile run times, with the men and women taking Pycnogenol improving more than placebo. Oxidative stress decreased in all groups, with results significantly better for Pycnogenol. Also, the Pycnogenol group was able to perform more push-ups and sit-ups.
In the second study phase, 54 men took 150 mg of Pycnogenol per day or a placebo and completed triathlon training, improving more than placebo in cycling and running scores. Total triathlon training time was about 90 minutes for Pycnogenol and 96 minutes for placebo, with the Pycnogenol group cutting twice as many minutes off their time as placebo. Cramps and post-running pain were much less for Pycnogenol but unchanged for placebo.