Restless Legs Syndrome Study: Pycnogenol Helps Relieve & May Prevent Symptoms

New clinical research offers a natural option for those dealing with disruptive leg sensations that are often missed and dismissed in diagnosis.

Pycnogenol French maritime pine bark extract

Hoboken, NJ—A new study has found a new option for those who suffer from disruptive leg sensations that are often missed and dismissed in diagnosis, according to a press release from Horphag Research. Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) impacts nearly 10% of the U.S. population, the company shared. RLS also can lead to other health concerns. What can help: A new study found Pycnogenol French maritime pine bark extract, a natural anti-inflammatory and circulation booster, works to significantly relieve and prevent symptoms associated with RLS.

As Horphag Research reports, RLS symptoms can begin at any age and worsen with time. Sufferers are prone to feeling sensations of crawling, pulling, and throbbing after long periods of sitting or lying down, such as sleeping or sitting. While moving the legs can temporarily relieve symptoms, the sensations can reoccur once still. Those who have RLS can also suffer from poor sleep quality, fatigue, and higher stress levels. All of this can impact other aspects of daily life. And too often, people suffer without help.

“Restless Legs Syndrome is often missed or dismissed in diagnosis, but it’s a real health condition often rooted in microcirculation,” said author and natural physician, Dr. Fred Pescatore, in the release. “Many patients feel helpless and unheard because the symptoms seem to be exaggerated or imagined. It’s not in your head—it’s in your legs, and this research shows there are steps you can take with a powerful natural ingredient that may help you feel better.”

Findings from Study on Restless Legs Syndrome

The new study, published in Panminerva Medica, tested 45 subjects with RLS. Twenty-one (21) subjects supplemented with 150 mg of Pycnogenol per day; another 24 subjects followed a standard management routine in the control group. After four weeks, the Pycnogenol group showed significant improvement in all prominent symptoms of RLS. As outlined in the release, benefits included:

  • 33% decrease in crawling (vs. 3% decrease in control group)
  • 30% decrease in creeping (vs. 7% decrease in control group)
  • 41% decrease in pulling (vs. 7% decrease in control group)
  • 63% decrease in throbbing (vs. 6% decrease in control group)
  • 72% decrease in aching (vs. 3% decrease in control group)
  • 48% decrease in itching (vs. 10% decrease in control group)
  • 52% decrease in electric shocks (vs. 17% decrease in control group)
  • 61% decrease in sleep problems (vs. 16% decrease in control group)

As many 22% of those with Restless Legs Syndrome have venous insufficiency

Horphag reports that, while additional research is needed to determine the relationship between RLS and edema, this study found that 81% of subjects in the Pycnogenol group improved their status of minimal edema. And after four weeks, the need for pain managements was significantly reduced for those in the Pycnogenol group.

“Even when Restless Legs Syndrome is properly diagnosed, medication to treat the condition includes pharmaceuticals that increase dopamine in the brain, resulting in side effects like nausea and sleepiness,” says Dr. Pescatore. “Opioids or narcotic medications may be used to relieve more severe symptoms and can be extremely addictive. Pycnogenol is an all-natural solution. Decades of research and global market availability show this circulation booster is safe and effective and is especially recognized as an ingredient at the forefront of naturally improving blood circulation. This study now shows its effects specifically on symptoms related to Restless Legs Syndrome.”

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