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  • Maritime Pine Bark Has Been Dubbed The ‘Female Viagra’?

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    Natural Health News — A new herbal supplement containing maritime pine bark has been dubbed the ‘female Viagra’ – just in time for Valentine’s Day.

    The timing is nothing short of cynical – especially given there is no new research. But that hasn’t stopped the news reports pouring in.

    The product, Lady Prelox has just gone on sale in the UK and according to the manufacturer the product (which costs £37.95 for a pack of 60 tablets) effectively and safely “boosts libido and increases arousal in women”, because it “encourages blood flow to the reproductive organs as well as the brain”.

    Antioxidant action

    Nevertheless, last year an Italian study of 100 women aged 37 to 45 found that supplementing with these little pink pills improves sexual function as measured by a number of different parameters such as desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction and pain, in older healthy women of late reproductive age. The same scientists found the same results in a smaller study in 2012.

    Pine bark extract is rich sources of the plant flavonoids called proanthocyanidins (OPCs). Similar (but not identical) substances are also found in grape seed extract.  OPCs are the pigment materials which give flavour, colour and aroma to many plants and fruits. OPCs aren’t a single chemical, but a group of closely related compounds.

    Several food sources contain similar chemicals: red wine, cranberries, blueberries, bilberries, tea (green and black), black currant, onions, legumes, parsley, and the herb hawthorn. However pine bark extract and grape seed extract are by far the best sources and most sources are made from one or the other. OPCs have a strong antioxidant action that is believed to be linked to their medicinal benefits.

    Lady Prelox contains a combination of 20mg of pycnogenol along with rosehip extract, and the amino acids L-Arginine and L-Citrulline.

    The side effects of Viagra have been described for men and it is very possible that women might experience different symptoms and unwanted effects. It would be expected that many of the side effects would be the same for both sexes, such as runny nose, stuffy nose, mild headache, upset stomach, diarrhea, facial flushing (reddening of the face), blurry vision, and a temporary blue-tint or haze in vision. Rare, transient blindness and deafness have also been reported.

    Make sure to read the rest of the article at Nyrnaturalnews.

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