pine bark supplement to ease arthritis pain

Pine bark supplement could ease the symptoms of arthritis.

Over three months, researchers compared joint inflammation levels in patients taking either two 50mg tablets of the supplement daily or 'dummy' tablets. Those who took the supplement, marketed as Pycnogenol, had reduced levels of C-reactive protein, which is linked to inflammation.

Pain relief persisted for an additional two weeks after they stopped taking it, reported staff at Italy's Chieti-Pescara University and the Munster University, Germany.

Results suggest properties of pine bark may be strong enough to stop the spread of inflammation from osteoarthritic joints throughout the whole body, said Dr Peter Rohdewald, one of the scientists.

Source - Daily Mail