What Is Pycnogenol Good For?

Many people wonder what Pycnogenol® is good for. Pycnogenol is a patented extract used in a number of dietary supplements. It is made from the French maritime pine tree and is claimed to be useful for treating a wide variety of medical conditions. Specifically, people claim that Pycnogenol is beneficial for preventing and/or treating the following conditions:
 
Pycnogenol is also said to improve athletic performance.
 
As with any dietary supplement, Pycnogenol is probably not beneficial for every single possible use. Of all the uses that the supplement is claimed to treat, the strongest evidence is for treating asthma, chronic venous insufficiency, high blood pressure, and retinopathy. There is not enough evidence to know for sure if Pycnogenol is effective for the other uses.
 
(For more information, click Benefits of Pycnogenol. This article takes a closer look at what Pycnogenol is good for, including information on how it works and whether it is safe for use in children.)
 
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