Menopausal Hot Flashes: Study Shows Pine Bark Supplement Reduces Symptoms
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Menopausal Hot Flashes: Study Shows Pine Bark Supplement Reduces Symptoms

Menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes, lack of sleep and mood swings can interrupt a woman's daily routine. Hot flashes appears to be the most common, and most annoying, symptom of menopause. There are many homeopathic remedies on the market, but studies now show pine bark supplements promise amazing results, due to its antioxidant powers.

Over 80 percent of women, between ages 45-55, suffer from menopause according to www.webmd. Hormone-driven changes decrease the quality of life causing a multitude of symptoms including weight gain, hot flashes and mood swings. Decreasing menopausal symptoms with natural remedies have been popular within the past few years since studies came out revealing heart problems with traditional hormone replacement therapy. While there are several effective, homeopathic supplements to choose from, one supplement is approaching the market with promising results. Pine bark extract, sometimes referred to as pycnogenol, according to a clinical trials can relieve menopausal issues including hot flashes.

What is it?

Pine bark extract is derived from the coastal maritime tree from southwestern France.It is sold under the brand name pycnogenol. It is considered a powerful antioxidant, compounds that inhibit free radicals. Supporters have claimed the supplement is effective against the battle of diabetes, circulation, blood pressure, heart health and memory improvement. Currently, pine bark shows promises with menopausal hot flashes.

Hot Flashes

Hot flashes tend to be the most common symptom of menopause and one that most women are concerned with. Hot flashes occur when blood vessels open wider than necessary around the head, neck and chest.Too much blood passes through the area causing warmth throughout the body. Other factors come into play such as a diet containing too much sugar, stress and alcohol all which intensify the symptoms.

According to Horphag Research (USA), a recent clinical study, lead by Dr. Gianni Belcaro of Pescara University, Italy published in the PanMinerva Media documented pine bark extract reversed symptoms of menopause:

  • Decreased severity of hot flashes.
  • Improved digestion and subsided bloating.
  • Substantially improved mood, vagina dryness and night sweats.
  • Improved quality of life.

With 8 weeks of treatment, the study examine 70 women volunteers between ages of 40-50. The ladies were assigned to either a placebo group or a test group. The test group swallowed 2 pycnogenol capsules daily with a dosage of 50 mg. Belcaro revealed that pycnogenol may be a very effective daily supplement for menopausal women due to its extended range of health benefits. Pycnogenol also lowers blood pressure and has cardiovascular benefits. Currently, there are over 280 studies on pine bark and the supplement can be found in over 700 supplement blends.

Safety and Dosage

Pine bark is considered safe, but there is limited documentation on interactions with other medications. Allergic reactions are possible with any supplement, so it’s crucial to discuss natural remedies with a health-care professional. Pine bark is available at most health food markets and dosage must be used as directed on bottle. There is still not enough evidence for pine bark to become a household name, but the supplement is definitely gaining strength with its successful studies and trials.

 

Sources:

www.cancer.org/pinebark

Horphag Research; Study Shows Naturally Improved Menopause Symptoms; Catherine Davis

www.webmd.com

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Comments (3)

Necessary details on women health. Thank you Cheryl. Hope to be in your friendship and support.

Why would anyone want to decrease hot flashes? I have been cold all my life and am looking forward to them.. but if they are nasty, and you see me chewing a tree you will know why. Just kidding, this is good information, I know I refuse to take premarin.

Good information Cheryl

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