Pine bark extract that acts as a powerful anti-oxidant to neutralize free radicals that contribute to premature aging. As all serious athletes soon learn, peak performance requires more than physical training. Leading athletes need the best delivery and use of energy and oxygen. Energy and oxygen provide the forces and power that make it possible for the body to carry out its physical functions. An efficient vascular (blood flow) system makes sure every body cell is supplied with energy-providing glucose and oxygen. The anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic activity of Pycnogenol is based on its powerful antioxidant activity whereby it can neutralise free radicals. This antioxidant mechanism of PycnoGenol is one explanation why small amounts of red wine appear to have a protective effect on the cardiovascular system. It is thought that some of the natural extracts from the grape seeds are captured during production of wine and supply the protective antioxidants.
What is Pycnogenol®?
Pycnogenol® (pic-noj-en-all) is the brand name for a premium herbal supplement ingredient extracted from the bark of the French maritime pine tree. That special pine bark is loaded with a concentrate of active bioflavonoids, which are also found in fresh fruits and vegetables. The extract from the pine bark is a potent blend of active compounds. Extensive research over a period of more than 35 years was dedicated to safety of Pycnogenol® and to substantiate the manifold benefits for human health of this extraordinary extract. Purity and potency of Pycnogenol® are continuously monitored and Horphag Research guarantees its constant high quality.
Where does Pycnogenol® come from?
The source of Pycnogenol® is a large forest of millions of acres in southwestern France near the famous Bordeaux region. The forest is a plantation of French maritime pine trees and represents Europe’s largest forest. The pine trees are cultivated over a period of 30-50 years. Neither pesticides nor herbicides are used in the forest.
How does Pycnogenol® work to improve my health?
As one of the most potent natural scavenger of free radicals, Pycnogenol® mops-up all kinds of aggressive radicals, before they cause any damage by oxidative stress. Its super-antioxidant capabilities help boost the immune system and it strengthens blood vessel walls and capillaries. It supports a better circulation by preventing stress-induced constriction of arteries and blood clotting. Additionally the extract contains substances which act against cramps.
Free radicals – why fight them?
In every day life our body generates free radicals, especially in case of stress. These chemically unbalanced radicals cause damage to our cells by oxidizing them, in the same way as metal becomes rusty and destroyed. Hence, free radicals are dangerous and scientists believe that the continuous exposure to free radicals is the major cause of ageing and also of many degenerative diseases. As a super-antioxidant, Pycnogenol® counteracts that danger in two ways: It stimulates our cells to double their antioxidative power and it catches free radicals in the blood stream. That double defense makes Pycnogenol® unique.
How much Pycnogenol® should I take and for how long?
For general use as a supplement, a typical daily dosage would be 1 mg per kilogram of body weight, or follow the directions on the packaging. Pycnogenol® is available in a wide variety of supplement formulas and most contain between 20mg-100mg of Pycnogenol. Find which one works best for you! When starting a new vitamin or dietary supplement, always allow one month for it to fully take effect and adjust to your body.
Please consult your physician if you are taking Pycnogenol® for a specific condition.
Is Pycnogenol® safe?
Pycnogenol® is one of the most researched food supplements and has passed extensive safety tests. Toxicity test results demonstrated that Pycnogenol® is safe, even at high doses for long periods of time. To date, no serious adverse side effects had been observed or reported in clinical trials. Mild side effects as gastro-intestinal discomfort, headache, nausea and dizziness were seldom reported. Because of its astringent taste, which occasionally causes minor stomach discomfort, it is best to take Pycnogenol® with or after meals. Pycnogenol® is certified kosher and has earned Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status for applications in functional foods and beverages in the U.S.
Should I use Pycnogenol® instead of vitamins?
No. Vitamins are as important for your health. Pycnogenol® acts in synergy with vitamins. It helps to recycle vitamins C and E, so they act longer while in your body. To feel your best, take Pycnogenol® in combination with your vitamins.
Are Pycnogenol®’s health benefits supported by science?
Over the past 35 years, extensive research has resulted in more than 56 published clinical studies and 170 scientific publications.
Pycnogenol® boosts one of the most comprehensive science portfolios of any natural ingredient and through extensive research has proven to be a non-toxic, powerful and effective antioxidant with a variety of health benefits.
Should pregnant women and small children take Pycnogenol®?
As a general precaution, pregnant women should not take Pycnogenol® within the first 3 months of pregnancy. Because there is no experience with small children, children under the age of 6 should not take Pycnogenol. That precaution measure is given beside the fact that no adverse effects had been observed in test series.
Where can I find products with Pycnogenol®?
There are many natural products containing Pycnogenol® available today including vitamin and dietary supplements, functional beverages and cosmetic products. Click here to view a listing of companies that produce products with Pycnogenol® in your country. Products can be found worldwide in pharmacies, health food stores, supermarkets and on the Internet at a variety of web sites.
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