Pycnogenol® May Help With Enlarged Prostate
A recent study suggests that taking a supplement of Pycnogenol® may help men manage enlarged prostates. Pycnogenol® is a branded name of French Maritime Pine extract.
Participants in the study included 75 men who had symptoms and other signs of early stage benign prostate hypertrophy. Over the course of eight weeks, the men were split into three intervention groups: a control group that followed standard management of a low-sugar, low-salt diet without caffeine, plus regular exercise; a group following standard management plus 150 mg of Pycnogenol® per day; and a group that took pharmaceuticals that are commonly prescribed for enlarged prostate.
At the end of the eight-week period, the researchers took ultrasounds to determine residual urinary volume in the bladder, as well as prostate size. Additionally, all of the participants filled out a modified version of the standard self-evaluation form for prostate health, known as the International Prostate Symptom Score form.
At the conclusion of the study, the researchers found that the group that took Pycnogenol® reduced the number of times they got up at night to use the bathroom by 31%, compared with 18% in the control group and 9% in the drug group. They also noted a 31% reduction in intermittency in the Pycnogenol® group, compared with 9% in the control group and 19% in the drug group.
Researchers from Chieti-Pescara University led the study. It was published in the August 2018 issue of Minerva Medica.