One study investigating Pycnogenol’s influence on CVI found an unexpected benefit: healthy cholesterol support. In the study, 40 patients took either 600 mg of horse chestnut seed extract or 360 mg of Pycnogenol every day over four weeks.
- At study’s end, researchers found that Pycnogenol not only eased CVI symptoms, but was also associated with significantly reduced blood levels of total cholesterol and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. Specifically, researchers found total cholesterol was reduced by 19.7%, and LDL cholesterol was reduced by 13%. An increase in HDL (“good”) cholesterol was also recorded.
Koch, R. Comparitive Study of Venostasin® and Pycnogenol® in Chronic Venous Insufficiency. Phytother. Res. 16, S1-S5 (2002)