Data from 147 recreational athletes indicated that daily supplementation with Pycnogenol for eight weeks was associated with quicker two-mile run finish times, and increases in push-up and sit-up endurance of 25% and 15%, respectively.
Additional data from 54 triathletes indicated that a daily 150 mg dose of Pycnogenol for 30 days was associated with significantly increased speed and strength, and reduced muscular cramping.
“This study opens an interesting new application of supplementation with Pycnogenol that, with correct hydration, good training and nutritional attention may improve training and performances both in normal subjects and in semi-professional athletes performing at high levels in difficult, high-stress sports such as triathlon,” wrote the researchers in The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness.
Scores of clinical trials
Pycnogenol – a combination of procyanidins, bioflavonoids and organic acids extracted from the bark of the maritime pine – is included in more than 700 dietary supplements, cosmetic products and functional foods and beverages worldwide.
The ingredient has been the subject of scores of clinical studies suggesting benefits covering everything from cardiovascular, joint, cognitive and eye health to the relief of hay fever, PMS, tinnitus, hemorrhoidal pain and menopause symptoms.