How Pycnogenol and CoQ10 Will Help Protect Against Heart Failure

| July 1, 2011

Previously we told you about the heart protective benefits of Pycnogenol — an antioxidant plant extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree. This powerful plant extract has been widely studied for the past 40 years and has more than 280 published studies and review articles that support its safety and efficacy as an ingredient…

Truth is, you’ll be hard-pressed to find another single ingredient that has the potential to counteract almost all the major cardiovascular risk factors simultaneously.

As you are probably aware, high blood pressure is one of the biggest risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and is most commonly caused by constricting blood vessels. In healthy people, the cells of blood vessels produce nitric oxide (NO) which instructs the muscles surrounding the arteries to relax.

As we grow older, our ability to produce NO declines and as a result blood circulation is impaired and our blood pressure rises. The same happens in other physiological disorders such as diabetes. In pre-clinical trials, Pycnogenol was found to stimulate an enzyme that helps the body to produce NO, this in turn helps the blood vessels to relax which helps to regulate blood pressure.

Another risk factor for CVD is heart failure, which is a chronic, long-term condition that develops because of high blood pressure, which wears the heart chamber walls out and weakens the heart muscle. Heart failure is a debilitating and potentially fatal condition that is characterised by the heart’s inability to pump sufficient amounts of blood to the organs.

So where does Pycnogenol come into the picture?

Back in March, we told you about a 2004 study, in which researchers found that 79% of the participants, who took part in the trial, were able to cut their blood pressure medication by more than half when supplementing with Pycnogenol… This certainly wasn’t the case in the placebo group.

Another study, published in 2007 in the journal Cardiovascular Toxicology, showed that Pycnogenol helps prevent damage to the heart caused by high blood pressure. The results showed that Pycnogenol counteracts the “wearing out” of the heart by fostering the body’s own mechanism that supports cardiovascular health.

Now, the latest research, published in the journal Panminerva Medica, reveals that taken together Pycnogenol and Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), naturally strengthen the heart improving blood volume output, physical fitness, blood pressure, as well as heart and respiratory rate.

The 12-week, placebo-controlled observational study was conducted at Chieti-Pescara University in Italy and investigated the effectiveness of Pycnogenol and CoQ10 supplementation in 53 patients between the ages of 54 and 68 who had mild to high blood pressure, with stable congestive heart failure.

The patients had all been diagnosed with heart failure with an ejection fraction 40 per cent lower than their original capacity. Ejection fraction is the pumped blood volume into the body from the left heart ventricle. All patients were taking prescription heart medication and most patients used three or more drugs for heart failure treatment.

The patients were divided into two groups: One group received capsules with a combination of 15mg Pycnogenol and 50mg CoQ10, and the second group received placebo capsules, while both groups continued to take their individual prescription medications. The treatment and control groups were equivalent at baseline. Patients were instructed to take seven capsules, in the morning after breakfast, each day.

After the 12-weeks, the researchers found a significant decrease of systolic and diastolic blood pressure as well as a decrease in heart rate in the group taking the supplements, compared to marginal improvements in the control group. Those taking Pycnogenol and CoQ10 significantly increased their heart ejection fraction by 22.4 per cent. As a result, the oxygen-rich blood supply to the organs improved, making patients physically more energetic. The control group did not experience the same increase in heart ejection fraction.

This study adds to the growing list of the heart protective benefits already associated with Pycnogenol. These benefits include, lowering LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol and increasing HDL ‘good’ cholesterol, reducing platelet aggregation and therefore acting as an anti-clogging agent in the same way that aspirin does, also it helps prevent damage to the heart that is caused by high blood pressure.

The best news is probably that unlike statins (or any other pharmaceutical drug for that matter), Pycnogenol has very few side effects. In some cases it can cause mild gastrointestinal problems, such as an upset stomach or nausea, but these are extremely rare.

Here’s to keeping your heart strong and healthy

Francois Lubbe
Managing Editor
for The Cholesterol Truth



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Sources:

‘New study: Pycnogenol reduces heart failure’ published online 16.05.07, eurekalert.org

Fitzpatrick, D.F., Bing, B. and Rohdewald, P. (1998)Endothelium-dependent vascular effects of Pycnogenol®.Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology, 32: 509-515. ‘Study shows Pine Bark Naturally Improves Heart Function’ published online 30.06.11 by Pegasus Public Relations, pycnogenol.co.uk

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Comments (2)

Testimonials are based on the personal experience of individuals. Results are not typical and the potential benefits of taking any drug or supplement may vary depending on your individual needs and health requirements. Please consult your GP before making any changes to your medical regimen.

  1. Kassy says:

    Thnaks for the info. Is Pycnogenol available in health shops?

  2. Tristan says:

    These tow natural cures sounds a lot safer than the drugs my doctor is trying to push onto me… and I’ll add that he is quite aggressive in his attempts.

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