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   May 01

Research Suggests that Pine Bark is Potentially Helpful for Osteoarthritis Pain

Pain is one of the most common symptoms of arthritic conditions, and for individuals who suffer from osteoarthritis pain, getting the best treatment to find relief can be really challenging.

However, as more and more scientists and healthcare providers are looking for the best remedy, a wide variety of potentially effective treatment options are also getting the attention of researchers.

Research suggests that pine bark is potentially helpful for osteoarthritis pain relief. This is something that arthritis patients would surely be glad about. There are several reasons why pine bark is considered a potential pain relief option.

In a study published by the Journal of Phytotherapy Research, it was found that an antioxidant plant extract, that can be obtained from the bark of the French maritime pine tree known as Pycnogenol, could potentially reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis by 56 percent. It was also found to be effective in providing pain relief.

“It is very interesting to learn that simple things such as pine bark can offer significant help to people, especially those suffering from pain. Natural remedies are indeed very helpful,” said VitaBreeze Supplements spokesperson, Michelle O’Sullivan.

A study was held at Italy’s Chieti-Pescara University, and it involved 156 individuals who suffered from knee osteoarthritis. They were made to take Pycnogenol for about three months and permitted to also take a pain relief medication of their choosing. However, they were also told to record all the tablets they took. It was found that pine bark was an effective osteoarthritis pain relief alternative.

According to the study, the subjects experienced joint pain improvement by 55 percent and reduced the use of pain medication by 58 percent. They also experienced improvement of gastrointestinal complications by 63 percent and stiffness reduction by 53 percent. The subjects also achieved 57 percent improved physical function and 64 percent enhanced overall well-being.

Gianni Belcaro, M.D., PhD, the study’s lead researcher, stated that the results of the study demonstrated the efficacy of Pycnogenol’s clinical action on osteoarthritis and management of symptoms. He also added that the use of the bark could potentially lessen the side effects and costs of anti-inflammatory agents. It was also suggested that it can be a natural solution for osteoarthritis patients.

Source: Phytotherapy Research

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