There are a lot of over the counter options for managing menopausal symptoms. You may have heard of black cohosh, evening primrose oil and chaste berry. Recently, the supplement Pycnogenol was studied to see if it could have a benefit.
Researchers had one hundred and seventy perimenopausal women supplement with either 30mg of Pycnogenol twice a day or a placebo for three months. They had blood work before and after along with two questionnaires to score their symptoms.
They found that Pycnogenol improved all symptoms compared to placebo. The study stated that it was especially effective for sleep and insomnia.
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