Pycnogenol shortens cold duration

Pycnogenol® is a plant-based anti-inflammatory antioxidant.

In the first part of this two-part study, 73 healthy volunteers took 50 mg of Pycnogenol, twice per day, or standard over-the-counter cold medication, at the first sign of a cold. Compared to OTC, colds were shorter by one day, and there were one-third fewer sick days in the Pycnogenol group.

In the second phase of the study, 196 people took standard OTC medication, or 100 mg of Pycnogenol with 200 mg of vitamin C or with 30 mg of zinc, or all three of these together, in two divided doses per day. After at least five days, compared to OTC, all three Pycnogenol groups had shorter colds. The best results came from the combination of all three nutrients, which saw 88 percent fewer cold complications, including lung infection, and averaged three less sick days. 

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