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New Study: Pycnogenol(R) Improves Memory in Elderly
Date:3/17/2008

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HOBOKEN, N.J., March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- New research accepted for publication in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, demonstrates Pycnogenol(R), (pic-noj-en-all), an antioxidant plant extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree, improves the memory of senior citizens. The study results revealed Pycnogenol(R) improved both numerical working memory as well as spatial working memory using a computerized testing system. The research was presented last week at the Oxygen Club of California 2008 World Congress on Oxidants and Antioxidants in Biology in Santa Barbara, CA.

"These results support research from a range of disciplines that suggest that antioxidants may have an effect in preserving or enhancing specific mental functions," said Dr. Con Stough, lead researcher of the study. "Cognitive research in this area specifically indicates that the putative benefits associated with antioxidant supplementation are associated with memory."

The double-blind, placebo controlled, matched pairs study, which was held at the Centre for Neuropsychology at Swinburne University, Melbourne Australia, examined the effects of Pycnogenol(R) on a range of cognitive and biochemical measures in 101 senior individuals aged 60-85 years old. The study also examined the 'oxidative stress' hypothesis of ageing and neurological degeneration as it relates to normal changes in cognition in elderly individuals. Participant screening for the study included medical history and cognitive assessment. Participants consumed a daily dose of 150mg of Pycnogenol(R) for a three-month treatment period and were assessed at baseline then at one, two and three months of the treatment. The control and Pycnogenol(R) groups were matched by age, sex, BMI, micronutrient intake and intelligence. The cognitive tasks comprised measures of attention, working memory, epis
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