• Pycnogenols

    Asked by Blackmama on Monday, June 10, 2013


    Hi to all,
    My friend has suggested that I order these. Says it helped her beat breast cancer many years ago. Have any of you tried these? I am very unfamiliar with these and need some advice. I don't think I will try them yet, not until I get going on chemo. I will ask my doctor about these since I read that some supplements/herbs can interfere with chemo.
    Thanks in advance, Blackmama

    6 Answers from the Community

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    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      You definitely have the right idea. Run any kind of supplement by your oncologist before taking. I did the same w/L-Glutamine, which is supposed to help w/neuropathy. I asked my doc before purchasing and taking. I even asked him about a multi-vitamin before taking. Just to make sure nothing interacted w/any of the other meds & the chemo he had me on.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      You need to be very careful with supplements. There is very little, if any oversight on these and you can end up with something that hurts more than helps. Be sure to discuss this with your Dr in detail before trying them, or any magic pill, which until it is approved by the FDA, it is.

      In a quick search, I couldn't find any info on pycnogenols and cancer specifically which would cause me worry. Maybe the medical people on board can give you more information.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      I would trust the advice from the doctors much more than that of my friends, however well-meaning they are. Didn't some friends advise you that "oxygen feeds cancer cells?" I'm sure your friends love you, but they may not have the most accurate or up to date medical information you seek.

      almost 5 years ago
    • GypsyJule's Avatar

      I learned to smile and not at many suggestions by well meaning friends. Ask your oncologist if he/she suggests any supplements, both during chemo, and then again afterwards. Although wouldn't it be nice if pine bark cured cancer?

      almost 5 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I've been taking Pycnogenol for years, it's good for your hear. My oncologist said would not interfere with my treatment, so I am still taking it. Speak with your oncologist, and find out if it's ok for you.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Tracy's Avatar

      Hi again,
      Always make sure that things are going to be OK with the treatment. You are going to have friends and many others tell you about many kinds of cures, diets and other suggestions during the next few months all with the best of intentions. Some are worth looking into and some may get irritating. These people want to help and frequently don't know how. Supplements are not regulated, so the strength and quality can really vary.
      I have people telling me about new things because I have a rare condition that causes constant severe headaches, they do not understand the differences in the conditions. I smile and thank them for their concern. Those closer to me, I find something tangible for them to do so they stop searching the internet.
      Let me know if I can help, Tracy

      almost 5 years ago

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