Pycnogenol is an antioxidant plant extract from the bark of a French maritime pine tree, which grows exclusively along the coast of southwest France in Les Landes de Gascogne.
These pine trees contain concentrated levels of unique flavonoid compounds that support the body’s ability to neutralize free radicals. Free radicals may inhibit immune functions consequently expediting the aging process.
Pycnogenol has been studied for years and several reports and review articles have proved that it is a safe and effective product.
This powerful antioxidant is found in hundreds of dietary supplements and acts as anti-inflammatory, selectively binds to collagen and elastin, and finally, it aids in the production of endothelial nitric oxide which helps the dilation of blood vessels.
Studies have showed that pycnogenol contain a combination of genetically programmed constant proportions of procyanidins, bioflavonoid and organic acids, all essential elements to enhance good health naturally.
An interesting recent study issued on the journal Phyotherapy Research describes the effectiveness of pycnogenol to reduce osteoarthritis symptoms by 56%.
Moreover, pycnogenol has been labeled as one of the best researched natural products. It may have additional benefits for the human system supporting health concerns such as diabetes, cholesterol control, asthma, menstrual disorders, fertility and cognitive function for children and elderly.
Products are available in tablets and capsules and, although there is no recommended daily average, suggested intake may vary from 30mg to 100mg per day.
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