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Study shows pine bark naturally improves kidney function in patients with metabolic syndrome
Date:3/1/2011

ths of treatment. Pycnogenol also led to a remarkable improvement of blood flow velocity of the kidney arteries. Blood flow velocity in the kidneys significantly increased with Ramipril from systolic 17.2 to 23.8 cm/sec and diastolic 4.2 to 2.0 cm/sec. The addition of Pycnogenol was more effective, improving blood flow from systolic 18.2 to 27.2 and diastolic 4.1 to 9.8 cm/sec.

Only the group taking Pycnogenol was found to have significantly lost weight after six months as compared to baseline, from average BMI 26.5 to 25.0.

"The number of people affected by metabolic syndrome is ever increasing and kidney disease is a growing concern. Pycnogenol cannot compensate for an unhealthy lifestyle, but certainly offers some urgently needed help. Our study suggests that essentially all major characteristics of metabolic syndrome are improved with Pycnogenol as part of a healthier lifestyle." said Dr. Rohdewald.

This preliminary evaluation shows Pycnogenol to offer a natural solution for individuals with metabolic syndrome, particularly for kidney protection. Previous studies have shown Pycnogenol as a supplement to anti-hypertensive medication further improves kidney flow and kidney function. Pycnogenol has also been shown in several studies to lower blood glucose in diabetic patients.


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