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Date:4/16/2008

reated patients.

Patients were allowed to use their regular dosage of NSAIDS. Usage dropped by 58 percent during treatment with Pycnogenol(R) and one percent with the placebo. Evaluation of data demonstrated a decrease of gastrointestinal complications of 64 percent in the Pycnogenol(R) group versus three percent in placebo.

"The results of this study are significant as they clearly demonstrate the clinical action of Pycnogenol(R) on OA and management of symptoms. The use of Pycnogenol(R) many reduce costs and side effects of anti-inflammatory agents and offer a natural alternative solution to people suffering from OA," said Dr. Belcaro.

A previous study on osteoarthritis which was carried out at the University of Arizona Tucson (published in Nutrition Research) had discovered that Pycnogenol(R) was effective for improving pain and joint function. After three months in the Pycnogenol(R) group, there was a reduction of 43 percent in pain, 35 percent in stiffness, 52 percent in physical function subscales, respectively. The placebo group showed no significant scores throughout the entire study. Dr. Belcaro confirms this earlier study with a much larger number of patients and with a more detailed investigation procedure.

The benefits of Pycnogenol(R) for arthritic joints are suggested to result predominantly from the anti-inflammatory potency of Pycnogenol(R) which was demonstrated in a series of clinical investigations in the past. There are more breakthrough studies on Pycnogenol(R) and osteoarthritis expected to be published next year allowing for development of innovative, natural formulas for joint health. Additionally, Horphag Research, the exclusive worldwide distributor of Pycnogenol(R) has filed for several patents for Pycnogenol's(R) application for COX-1, COX-2 and treating osteoarthritis.

"The new research in the field of osteoarthritis has been a paradigm shift for Pycnogenol(R). We were able to demonstrate Pycnogenol's(R
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