Recently, I discovered a vitamin called pycnogenol. The advertisement claims it helps with symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. Is it safe and effective?
Pycnogenol is a pine tree derivative. It contains bioflavonoids and is thus an antioxidant. It is not, however, a suitable treatment for many of the serious diseases some claim it can alleviate.
Pycnogenol is very safe, but I have not found it to be effective as the main substance in treating chronic fatigue syndrome. As a potent antioxidant, however, it is an appropriate part of a comprehensive treatment plan.
Natural ingredients I do recommend for treating chronic fatigue are L-carnitine, ginseng, DHEA and licorice root. Ask your naturopathic physician about proper dosages for these supplements.