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Study Finds Pycnogenol May Help Support Urinary Tract Health

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common infections that happen when bacteria, often from the skin or rectum, enter the urethra, and infect the urinary tract. A new study has found that Pycnogenol (French maritime pine bark) may help reduce the occurrence of UTIs and interstitial cystitis.

Participants in the study included 64 with recurrent UTIs or interstitial cystitis. They were given 150 mg of Pycnogenol, 400 mg of cranberry extract, or assigned to standard management care for 60 days. The researchers evaluated occurrence of UTIs, UTI symptoms, and markers of oxidative stress at baseline and at the end of the study period.

Participants in the Pycnogenol group saw a 62% reduction in occurrences of UTI and interstitial cystitis, compared to 45% in the cranberry group and 29% in the standard care group. They also saw a 91% decrease in symptoms, compared to 80% in the cranberry group and 82% in the control group.

In addition, participants in the Pycnogenol group saw an 11% decrease in markers of oxidative stress, compared to a 4% decrease in the cranberry group and a 2% decrease in the control group.

The study was conducted by researchers from CH-PE University. It was published online ahead of print on June 23, 2021, in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

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