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Pycnogenol helps men with an enlarged prostate

An enlarged prostate, or benign prostatic hypertrophy, is a common condition in adult men that can affect quality of life.

In this study, 75 men with BPH, aged 55 to 75, followed a standard, non-drug diet and exercise guidelines, took standard drug treatments, or 150 mg of Pycnogenol pine bark extract.

After eight weeks, bladder-holding capacity improved the most for Pycnogenol, second-most for the drug group, and improved the least for the non-drug group. Complete bladder emptying improved 42 percent for Pycnogenol, 9 percent in the non-drug group, and 6 percent for the drug group.

Men in the Pycnogenol group also had the best results compared to either the drug or non-drug groups for reduced daily urination frequency, fewer overnight urination needs, less straining, and better flow. The Pycnogenol group also reported no side effects, including erectile dysfunction, a concern with some BPH drug treatments.

 

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