Pycnogenol May Improve Mild Cognitive Impairment in Mature Men
Mild cognitive impairment is a common problem as people age. A recent study suggests that supplementation with French maritime pine bark, also known as Pycnogenol, may help improve mild cognitive impairment in mature men.
Participants in the study included 87 healthy men between the ages of 55 and 75 who had a normal brain MRI, had a low score on the Mini-Mental State Examination (ranging from 18 to 23), and had taken no drugs in the previous six months. All of the participants were given standard treatment for mild cognitive impairment and half were also given 150 mg of Pycnogenol per day for eight weeks.
At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted significantly higher scores on the Mini-Mental State Examination in the Pycnogenol group, when compared with their scores before the intervention. The average score increased from 21.64 to 25.64. There were no similar improvements in the group who did not take the supplement.
Researchers from IRVINE3 Labs in Italy led the study. It was published in the June 2018 issue of Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences