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Pine Bark

‘An interesting new application’: Pine bark extract may boost fitness and muscle recovery

Posted January 20, 2014

Daily supplements with extracts from French Maritime Pine bark may boost endurance and reduce cramping by controlling oxidative stress, according to a new study.

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Vitamin C, zinc and pine bark extract show common cold benefits: Study

Posted October 20, 2013

A combination supplement containing zinc, vitamin C and Pycnogenol, an extract from French Maritime Pine bark, may be effective in shortening duration of the common cold and lessening the seven ‘pillar’ symptoms, including runny nose, nasal obstruction, sore throat, sneezing, high temperature, cough and general discomfort.

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The immune boosting power of pine bark extract

Posted September 16, 2013

Pine bark extract has shown extraordinary promise as a therapeutic agent used to help stabilize blood sugar and stimulate immunity. The special group of proanthocyanidin antioxidants in pine bark is responsible for its positive health benefits. Pine bark extract has profound antioxidant potential and immune boosting power.

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Pycnogenol Reduces Metabolic Syndrome Risk Factors

Posted May 2, 2013

A recent clinical trial found Pycnogenol® French maritime pine bark extract reduced metabolic syndrome risk factors, including obesity and high blood pressure. The results of the University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy, study were published in the January online issue of Phytotherapy Research.

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Pycnogenol Supplementation May Improve Health in Subjects with Metabolic Syndrome

Posted February 14, 2013

In an open, controlled study involving 64 subjects between the ages of 45 and 55 years, presenting with various risk factors associated with the metabolic syndrome (central obesity, elevated triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, high blood pressure, and fasting blood glucose), supplementation with 150 mg/d Pycnogenol (maritime pine bark extract) for a period of 6 months was found to be associated with decreases in waist circumference, fasting blood glucose, triglycerides, blood pressure, and increases in HDL cholesterol levels, as compared to a similar such group of subjects (n=66) who served as controls.

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Pine Bark Extract Shown to Improve Perimenopause Symptoms in New Clinical Trial

Posted February 13, 2013

A clinical trial published in this month’s The Journal of Reproductive Medicine found that natural supplement Pycnogenol (pic-noj-en-all), an antioxidant plant extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree, minimizes climacteric symptoms of menopausal women.

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In-Shell Pistachio Consumption Decreases Calorie Intake

Posted April 30, 2012

Two studies published in the current on-line issue of the journal /i>Appetite indicate that consuming in-shell pistachios is a weight-wise approach to healthy snacking, offering unique mindful eating benefits to help curb consumption and decrease calorie intake.

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Power Up with Pistachios This Summer

Posted April 30, 2012

The summer season brings hiking and biking trips, long days outside and race training season. Fueling your body with healthy foods is important to keep energy up especially when the sun is beating down. The antioxidants in pistachios help reduce the risk of heart disease_ and the protein, carbohydrate and vitamin B content make them an ideal natural refueling option.

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Pistachios Helps Weight, Triglycerides

Posted April 30, 2012

Pistachios can be consumed as a portion-controlled snack for individuals restricting calories to lose weight without concern that pistachios will cause weight gain, according to a study conducted at the Center for Human Nutrition. By comparison to refined carbohydrate snacks such as pretzels, pistachios may also have beneficial effects on triglycerides as well, the study noted.

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Effects of pistachios on body weight in Chinese subjects with metabolic syndrome

Posted April 30, 2012

Studies have shown that pistachios can improve blood lipid profiles in subjects with moderate hypercholesterolemia which could reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. However, there is also a widely perceived view that eating nuts can lead to body weight gain due to their high fat content. Purpose To investigate the impact of different dosages of pistachios on body weight, blood pressure, blood lipids, blood glucose and insulin in subjects with metabolic syndrome.

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