High blood pressureReader asks: A co-worker recommended that I take Pycnogenol to address high blood pressure and tinnitus. Is Pycnogenol compatible with organic sulfur? If not, what do you suggest?

According to WebMD, Pycnogenol is the registered trademark name for a product derived from the pine bark of a tree known as Pinus pinaster. Its active ingredients can also be extracted from other sources such as peanut skin, grape seed, and witch hazel bark. Pycnogenol has been used to treat a variety of symptoms, such as circulation problems, allergies, asthma, ringing in the ears, ADHD, menopausal symptoms, hypertension, muscle soreness, and pain. Pycnogenol is believed to be safe when taken in doses up to 450 mg daily for a maximum of 6 months. On the downside, it’s known that Pycnogenol can cause dizziness, gut problems, headache, and mouth ulcers. In addition, medications that decrease the immune system can adversely interact with Pycnogenol.

A significant point to bring out is that organic sulfur is derived from the Louisiana maritime pine tree – a similar source material as Pycnogenol. Because that is the case, it is uncertain whether you would obtain significantly greater health benefit from taking both organic sulfur and Pycnogenol. Perhaps one or the other would suffice by themselves.

What I can offer as a suggestion is this: if you choose to take both products, be sure to take your organic sulfur dosage first, then wait 30 minutes before taking Pycnogenol or any other medicine or vitamin supplement. Doing so allows sufficient time to pass to prevent the additives commonly found in pills and capsules from interfering with organic sulfur.

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