Pycnogenol supplement

Q: I would like to start using a vitamin called pycnogenol. I am currently on beta blocker meds. I have researched that pycnogenol can lower hypertension; I have dips and highs throughout the day with BP. What are your thoughts?

A: I don’t believe that an extract from bark of a French pine tree is “necessary in trace amounts for normal body metabolic function” (see I consider pycnogenol a supplement, not a vitamin. You take supplements at your own peril. I understand fear of drugs and their side effects, but a supplement should be viewed as an untested drug of uncertain quality. If you are seeking a natural treatment for blood pressure, why take the risk of a supplement? The Resperate has been FDA cleared and clinically proven to lower blood pressure.

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