Tree bark with bite to cut muscle cramping

By Nicholas Robinson contact

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Post exercise pain to be releaved by tree bark
Muscle soreness and cramping following exercise can be reduced by consuming pine bark extract, according to new research.

A clinical trial of 147 recreational athletes, published in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness​, showed the extract was also effective in improving physical performance and endurance during exercise.

The athletes were divided into two groups for an eight-week trial, where one group was given the pine bark supplement called Pycnogenol.

Boosting endurance

Those receiving the extract finished a two-mile run two minutes faster than at the start of the trial, while also boosting endurance in a two-minute push-up test by 25%.

Pycnogenol works by “mopping up the free radicals​”, strengthening blood vessels and working as an anti-inflammatory, said lead researcher Dr Gianni Belcaro.

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