Pycnogenol® (pic-noj-en-all) French maritime pine bark extract is a premium herbal supplement ingredient extracted from the bark of the French maritime pine tree. Pycnogenol® is a blend of active bioflavonoids, also found in fresh fruits and vegetables. 40 years of research have been dedicated to establishing the safety of Pycnogenol® and its benefits for human health. Purity and potency of Pycnogenol® are continuously monitored and Horphag Research guarantees its constant high quality.
The source of Pycnogenol® is Europe's largest forest in southwestern France near the famous Bordeaux region. The forest is a plantation of French maritime pine trees (pinus pinaster), dating back to the times of Napoleon III, which are harvested for timber purposes after a period of 30-50 years. Neither pesticides nor herbicides are used in the forest. French forestry legislation provides that fallen trees are to be replaced every year.
As one of the most potent natural scavengers of free radicals, Pycnogenol® mops-up aggressive radicals before they cause 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. Dosage information here.
In every day life our body generates free radicals, especially in case of stress. These chemically unbalanced radicals damage cells by oxidizing them, in the same way as metal becomes rusty and destroyed. Hence, free radicals are dangerous and scientists believe the continuous exposure to free radicals is a major cause of ageing and many degenerative diseases. As a super-antioxidant, Pycnogenol® is believed to counteract 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.
Pycnogenol® is one of the most researched food supplements and has passed extensive safety tests. Toxicity test results demonstrate that Pycnogenol® is safe, even at high doses for long periods of time. To date, no serious adverse side effects are 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, halal and is "self-affirmed" GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe).
Over the past 40 years, Pycnogenol® has been the subject of extensive research that has resulted in more than 100 published clinical studies and 300 scientific publications. This extensive research has shown Pycnogenol® is a non-toxic, powerful and effective antioxidant with a variety of health benefits.
There are many natural products containing Pycnogenol® available today including vitamin and dietary supplements, functional beverages and cosmetic products. Products can be found worldwide in pharmacies, health food stores, supermarkets and on the Internet at a variety of web sites. Click on below link to view a listing of companies that produce products with Pycnogenol® in your country.