Pine Bark Shortens Cold Duration

Coughing, sneezing, a runny nose, and a sore throat - no one likes having a cold. On average, the common cold lasts about seven days - far too long, if you ask us.

With cold season in full swing, your risk for coming down with one increases significantly. Hopefully, you’re taking some preventive measures.

On a related note, a new study shows that pine bark extract, may actually shorten a cold’s duration. The results were published in the December 2014 issue of Panminerva Medica.

Pine Bark Extract Shortened Cold Duration by One Day

A total of 146 participants were recruited for the study, with 70 receiving 50 mg of a standardized pine bark extract twice daily and the remaining 76 serving as controls. Treatment began at the onset of a cold.

Participants taking the extract experienced fewer cold symptoms and complications. In particular, it was effective at reducing nasal congestion and a runny nose, an effect which may be due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-edema (edema is the swelling of tissues) effects.

An alleviation of sneezing, headache, and coughing, was also observed, along with a reduction in the number of lost work days. Cold duration lasted three days in the treatment group compared to four days in the control group.1

This isn't the first study to demonstrate the benefits of pine bark extract. A study conducted in 2013 showed a combination of pine bark extract along with zinc, and vitamin C shortened the duration of the cold to two days, compared to eight days in the control group.2

The Bottom Line

Your local drug store offers a variety of cold remedies, but a number of them can actually be harmful to your health.

If you come down with a cold yourself, consider giving pine bark extract a shot. Not only is it a time-tested supplement with hundreds of scientific publications and decades of research, it may just help you feel better faster. 3


  1. Panminerva Med. 2014 Dec;56(4):301-8. 
  2. Available at: Accessed January 6, 2015. 
  3. Available at: Accessed January 6, 2015.


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