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Pycnogenol improves perimenopausal symptoms

In this study, 170 perimenopausal women, aged 42 to 58, took 30 mg of Pycnogenol® (pine bark extract) twice per day, or a placebo. After three months, the placebo group reported 29 percent fewer hot-flash symptoms while the Pycnogenol group reported 35 percent fewer hot-flash symptoms.

For insomnia and other sleep problems, 21 percent in the placebo group reported improvements compared to 28 percent for Pycnogenol.

The women also reported their feelings of energy and self-worth, with 40 percent improving in the placebo group and 49 percent improving in the Pycnogenol group. Overall perimenopausal symptoms decreased 39 percent in the placebo group and 56 percent for those taking Pycnogenol.

Doctors said that while there were measurable improvements in the placebo group, women who took Pycnogenol had even greater relief from perimenopausal symptoms, and that Pycnogenol may be a more natural approach for controlling symptoms in menopause.

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