Pycnogenol May Help Improve Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction is the inability to get and maintain an erection firm enough for sex. It can be caused by a variety of reasons, including type 2 diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, depression, and stress. According to a recent study, Pycnogenol (French maritime pine bark) may help improve erectile function.
Fifty-three males diagnosed with erectile dysfunction with an average age of 49 participated in the study. They were divided into two groups. One group had type 2 diabetes and one group did not. Half of the participants in each group took 120 mg of Pycnogenol daily for 3 months; the other half took a placebo. Participants were evaluated for erectile dysfunction at baseline, 1 month, 2 months, and 3 months using the International Index of Erectile Function questionnaire. Serum blood samples were also taken at these intervals.
Participants in both groups saw improvements in erectile dysfunction at the end of the study period. Participants with type 2 diabetes saw an average improvement of 45%, compared to an average decrease of 20% in the placebo group. Those without diabetes saw an average improvement of 22%, compared to an average 16% decrease in the placebo group.
Participants with type 2 diabetes who took the Pycnogenol also saw a 14% improvement in LDL cholesterol, compared to a 1% increase in the placebo group. They also saw a 22% improvement in serum glucose levels, compared to a 1% improvement in the placebo group. In addition, participants without diabetes who took Pycnogenol saw a 14% improvement in LDL cholesterol, compared to a 4% improvement in the placebo group.
The study was conducted by researchers from Comenius University and University Hospital Bratislava, Slovakia. It was published in the December 2019 edition of the Bratislava Medical Journal.