French Oak Wood Extract Linked to Improved Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that is triggered by a terrifying event. Symptoms include flashbacks, nightmares, and severe anxiety. A new study suggests that supplementation with French oak wood extract may help improve symptoms of PTSD.
The researchers chose 34 people aged 25-49 who had survived major earthquakes to participate in the study. All of them had had a well-defined traumatic event with multiple fractures requiring surgery and at least three weeks of hospitalization. The participants were divided into two groups. One group took 300 mg of French oak wood extract per day and underwent standard therapy methods. The other group only underwent the standard therapy methods. The researchers also analyzed plasma free radicals to measure oxidative stress.
After four weeks, the supplement group showed a significant improvement in PSTD symptoms, compared to the standard therapy group. Specifically they had reductions in recurrent memories and dreams, flashbacks, alarm reactions, intense emotional distress, social disinterest, and detachment. They also experienced significant reductions in sleeping problems, irritability, and fatigue.
In addition, the participants in the supplement group had a 54% reduction in inflammation related to oxidative stress, compared to the placebo group.
The study was conducted by researchers from Chieti-Pescara University, Italy. It was published October, 2018 in the journal Minerva Medica.