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A patented extract of French maritime pine bark, Pycnogenol improves mental function in baby boomers and older people, according to an Italian study published in the Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences. Researchers compared the effects of 100 mg daily of Pycnogenol and a placebo among 77 people between the ages of 55 and 70 who were healthy but had high levels of oxidative stress. After daily use for one year, those taking the supplement had significantly less oxidative stress. They also experienced:
72% better daily decision-making
41% improved attention span
37% better memory
57% improvement in dealing with people
32% stronger ability to deal with finances