Does Pycnogenol Work?
Before using Pycnogenol, some people may wonder if it works. Because Pycnogenol is a dietary supplement, it can be marketed without any evidence that it is safe or effective. There does, however, appear to be some scientific evidence that Pycnogenol is effective at treating asthma, chronic venous insufficiency, high blood pressure, and retinopathy. Pycnogenol may work for other conditions also, but more research is needed.
Does Pycnogenol Work? -- An OverviewPycnogenol® is a patented extract that is used in many dietary supplements. As a dietary supplement, Pycnogenol can be marketed in the United States without any evidence that it is either safe or effective. Often, the extract is claimed to work for the following conditions:
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Blood clots in the legs (deep vein thrombosis)
- Chronic venous insufficiency (a condition that involves leg swelling, varicose veins, pain, itching, and other skin changes)
- Heart attacks or strokes
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- High cholesterol
- Impotence (also known as erectile dysfunction or ED)
- Leg cramps
- Painful menstrual periods (dysmenorrhea)
- Male infertility
- Pregnancy pains (such as back pain, pelvic pain, and leg cramps)
- Retinopathy (an eye condition commonly caused by diabetes).
People also use Pycnogenol to increase athletic performance.