Perimenopausal Women Benefit from Pine Bark Extracts
A new study about the French maritime pine bark extract has successfully confirmed the benefits of the extract treatment among perimenopausal women. The findings showed significant results in relieving some of the symptoms associated with perimenopause such as insomnia or difficulty in sleeping and fatigue and likewise showed improvement in vasomotor symptoms (like hot flashes and night sweats). There was also a reduction in the Kupperman index (numerical index that rates the 11 menopausal symptoms).
The study was conducted by Takafumi Kohama, MD and Masako Negami, MD and was published in the recent issue of the Journal of Reproductive Medicine.
The participants (170 perimenopausal women) with ages ranging from 42 to 58 were randomly given either the French maritime pine bark extract (60mg) or placebo on a daily basis between January 2007 and July 2010.
The researchers found considerable impact from the placebo and the extract. However, they have observed significantly better results from the extract. Great improvements were seen from women in the extract group relative to the vasomotor symptoms, insomnia or sleeplessness, fatigue and feelings of worthlessness. The reduction in Kupperman score was substantially greater in the extract group versus the placebo group.
The authors therefore concluded that the French maritime pine bark extract could benefit women interested in relieving menopausal symptoms using a more natural approach.
Barber, J. Pine Bark Extract Improves Several Perimenopausal Symptoms. Medscape.