Pine Bark Extract for Depression: What do Studies Say?

Maritime Pine Bark Extract for Depression

Disclaimer: Initially drafted by AI, this article was edited by a human author to ensure accuracy and quality.

In recent years, more and more people have started using supplements to help their cognitive function and brain health. The most popular among these are nootropics, which can also be called smart drugs or memory-enhancing supplements.

There are different types of nootropics out there, but one of the most popular is pine bark extract. This is mainly because it offers a multitude of benefits when it comes to brain health.

This includes better mood, improved memory, and higher concentration levels.

But how effective is it for depression, specifically? We’ve looked at some studies to find out the answer as well as to share some other important information you should know about pine bark extract.

Benefits of Extracts from Pine Tree Bark

Pine bark extract (pinus pinaster) is used to help with a number of different body functions. It has been found to be a powerful antioxidant, as well as an anti-inflammatory. In addition, it has also been shown in studies as helpful for erectile dysfunction (ED).

Including pine bark extract in the diet is a great way to help with overall brain health. Pine bark extract is typically used at a dose of 60-200mg per day.

As far as depression goes, pine bark extract may not be the best nootropic out there. It works better for ADHD and concentration symptoms specifically, as you’ll see in further sections.

How Does it Work?

The mechanism of action of the active ingredient in pine bark extract is not yet fully understood. However, it is believed to work by increasing nitric oxide, which widens blood vessels, allowing for more nutrients and oxygen to be delivered to your brain cells.

We haven’t found clinical research on pine bark extract specifically for treating depression. The research about pine bark extract in general shows that it works primarily by boosting circulation in the brain, which leads to better cognitive function. You may notice an improvement in mental clarity and easier time focusing on tasks for a prolonged time. Note that it takes time for Pine Bark Extract to fully work – sometimes up to 4 weeks of daily supplementation.

Pine Bark Extract, Depression, and ADHD

It’s not uncommon for people to suffer from depression and ADHD.

The good news is that Pine Bark Extract is believed to be effective for lessening symptoms of ADHD because it has been shown to improve focus and concentration.

There are three major mechanisms of action by which it works:

  • It may protect brain cells from overactivity and neuron toxicity due to excess glutamate production, which can help people with ADHD focus and concentrate better.
  • The extract contains high levels of antioxidants that protect against oxidative stress and damage, which may worsen symptoms in those with ADHD
  • It reduces inflammation which can improve brain functioning and boost your mood

Pine Bark Extract Dosage for Depression

Needless to say, if you suffer from clinical depression, you need to talk to your doctor before relying on supplements. That said, if you have gotten a green light from your doctor to take supplements such as pine bark extract, you may wonder what is the best dosage for you. This is something your doctor can give you an answer to as well, but in general, it is recommended to take 60-200mg of pine bark extract per day for brain support.

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