Pine bark extract improves memory, attention span

Natural Health News – The extract of French maritime pine bark known as Pycnogenol improves brain function in people who have high levels of oxidative stress, but are otherwise in good health, according to new data.

Writing in Science Journal of Neurosurgery a group of Italian scientists reported that the remedy may be of benefit to the so-called baby boom generation of individuals who currently It covers 55-70 years old.

more than 12 months, researchers at the University of Chieti-Pescara compared cognitive functioning in patients receiving 100 mg of Pycnogenol per day and also implemented a series of measures of lifestyle versus subjects who carried out measures lifestyle alone and compared with a control group not taking the herbal extract. what you need to know

Previous studies have shown that Pycnogenol – extract of maritime pine bark -. It can help improve cognitive function

This study found that in combination with the style of sentient life, the supplement to improve memory, attention and individuals otherwise healthy decision-making in those suffering from oxidative stress.

Scientists say that this improvement is due to the combined combination anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-edema (retention of anti-water) Supplement benefits.

Measures lifestyle that asked participants to implement were: sleep at least 8 hours at night with bedtime before 10:30 pm, eat regularly in the times defined by reducing caffeine, salt, sugar and alcohol intake, and exercising for at least 20 minutes per day.

The results showed that Pycnogenol supplementation improves a number of cognitive measures and decreased oxidative stress, said lead researcher Dr. Gianni Belcaro.

The reduction of oxidative stress

In the present study, the ability to make a decision was significantly improved by 71% in the Pycnogenol group, but decreased by 5% in the control group.

memory improved significantly by 37.3% in the supplement group, but decreased by 9.8% in the control group.

Individuals who had Pycnogenol complemented by an improvement of 41.2% in their attention span compared with an improvement of 1.9% in controls.

Researchers also documented a significant decrease of 28% in oxidative stress in the Pycnogenol group but no change in the controls.

According to Dr. Belcaro, Pycnogenol acts to possibly improve brain function and attention through a combined anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-edema (anti-water retention).

The results support the reported in early 2015 in a study that tested in healthy Pycnogenol professionals 35-55 years with increased oxidative stress.

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