New research has shown that supplementing with Pycnogenol, a pine bark extract, for 12 months can improve brain functions. These cognitive functions include positive effects on memory, attention and daily decision-making.
The study ran by a scientist from Chieti-Pescara University in Italy, recruited participants aged between 55-70 who were generally fit and healthy. During the 12 months, 38 participants supplemented Pycnogenol 50mg/twice daily in combination with a controlled health plan; 39 participants in the control group followed the controlled health plan alone. The health plan involved a regular sleep regimen of at least eight hours per night, balanced meals with reduced caffeine, salt and sugar intake, and regular exercise.
The data, from 77 people, shows supplementation with Pycnogenol resulted in the following brain functions improvements:
- Attention span increased by 41%, compared to a 2% increase in the control group
- Decision making improved by 72% compared to a 5% decrease in the control group
- Memory improved by 37% compared with a 10% decrease in the control group
Pycnogenol is a natural plant extract originating from the bark of the maritime pine. The extract has been widely studied for the last 40 years. It has more than 340 published studies ensuring its safety and efficacy as an ingredient.