Tuesday, June 05, 2018 by Michelle Simmons
People who experience symptoms of jet lag could benefit from some pine bark extract at hand. A study published in the journal Minerva Cardioangiologica found that consuming pine tree extract for a few days before a long-haul flight may lessen the severity and time period of jet lag symptoms.
To specifically examine the effects of the pine extract on jet lag symptoms, researchers from D’Annunzio University in Pescara, Italy recruited people to take Pycnogenol daily for one week two days before a seven- to nine-hour flight. They assigned 32 study participants to take 50 milligrams of the extract three times per day, and 30 study participants to a control group.
In the first part of the two-part study, the participants who took the extract and completed the study got a 56 percent lower score on a scale that measured jet lag symptoms, such as fatigue, grogginess, and insomnia, two days after their flight, compared to the control group. In addition, their symptoms persisted for an average of 18.2 hours, while the symptoms of the control group lasted for 39.3 hours on average.
The researchers did the same procedure for the second part of the study, except the participants went through a brain scan within 28 hours of their flight. Participants in the control group exhibited more swelling in the brain compared to those who took the pine bark extract. In addition, the researchers found that their short-term memory was also more damaged, and the severity of their memory problems was associated to the amount of swelling in their lower limbs.
Symptoms of jet lag may possibly be associated with the swelling of the brain, according to the researchers. They also suggested that the pine tree extract helps by preventing swelling both in the brain and in the limbs.
Earlier studies have shown that Pycnogenol, the pine bark extract, reduced problems linked with air travel such as swelling and blood clotting. The extract also reduced symptoms of jet. These findings were discovered even these studies were not designed to particularly address jet lag. (Related: Great News for Holiday Travelers: Pine Bark Cuts Jet Lag in Half.)
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