Significant Increase in Men's Fertility Possible With 90-Day Pycnogenol(R) Treatment, Study Shows

CHICAGO, Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The antioxidant Pycnogenol(R) (pic-noj-en-all) improved the quality and function of sperm in men with fertility problems by a mean of 38% and 19%, respectively, after only 90 days of use, according to a new landmark clinical trial published today in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine, giving infertile couples new hope and a new alternative to more invasive procedures.

"Up to 60% of infertile couples have difficulty conceiving due to abnormalities in the male's sperm. By taking Pycnogenol(R) to increase normally functioning sperm naturally, couples may be able to (or potentially) avoid in-vitro fertilization and either enjoy improved natural fertility or undergo less invasive and less expensive fertility-promoting procedures," stated Dr. Scott Roseff, author of the study and Director of the West Essex Center for Advanced Reproductive Endocrinology (W.E. C.A.R.E.) in West Orange, NJ.

The seminal fluid surrounding the sperm is normally rich in antioxidants and protects the sperm from oxidative damage, according to Dr. Roseff, "but in sub-fertile men the seminal fluid, for unknown reasons, may not be protected by these antioxidants."

"We chose Pycnogenol(R) for the study because it is one of the richest natural sources of bioavailable and bioactive antioxidant compounds known. Pycnogenol(R) has been found to be many times more potent than other known antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin E. The biological precursors of the oligomeric procyanidins such as catechin and taxifoline are effective and well-known free-radical scavengers," he said.

According to Dr. Roseff, the study clearly shows that taking daily doses of Pycnogenol(R) resulted in improved sperm quality and function because the natural antioxidant protection was supplemented.

Pycnogenol(R) is a natural plant extract originating from the bark of the Maritime pine that grows along the coast of southwest France. It represents a unique and natural combination of genetically programmed constant proportions of procyanidins, bioflavonoids and organic acids, making it a super antioxidant. Pycnogenol(R) is available today in hundreds of dietary supplements and multi-vitamin formulas worldwide.

The study was supported by Horphag Research, the original developers of Pycnogenol(R). For a complete copy of the study, contact The MWW Group at (312) 853-3131.

Natural Health Science, LLC, (NHS) based in New Jersey is the North American arm of Horphag Research, the original developers of Pycnogenol(R) (pic-noj-en-all) brand French maritime pine bark extract. Pycnogenol(R) is a registered trademark of Horphag Research Ltd., Guernsey, and its applications are protected by U.S. patents #4,698,360 / #5,720,956 and other international patents. NHS has the exclusive rights to market and sell Pycnogenol(R) and benefits from over thirty years of scientific research assuring the safety and efficacy of Pycnogenol(R) as a dietary supplement. For more information about Pycnogenol(R) visit the Horphag Research web site at .

CONTACT: Cheryl Costanzo of The MWW Group, +1-312-853-3131, ext. 228, [email protected]

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