French pine bark found effective in treating AD/HD symptoms in children.
by ADDitude Editors
European researchers say that Pycnogenol, an antioxidant extracted from the bark of certain pine trees growing in France, can relieve AD/HD symptoms. In a study involving 41 children, Pycnogenol capsules were shown to be significantly more effective than a placebo.
"The results of this study show Pycnogenol may serve as a safe, effective treatment for children diagnosed with AD/HD," said Peter Rohdewald, Ph.D., a professor of pharmaceutical chemistry at the University of Münster, in Germany, and one of the study's authors. "French maritime pine bark extract reduced hyperactivity among study participants, while improving attention and visual-motor coordination and concentration."
In the U.S., Pycnogenol is sold over the counter as a nutritional supplement.
The results of the study were published on the Web site of a peer-reviewed journal, European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.