Circulatory & Heart

Heart health facts

"Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the number 1 cause of death globally"

"An estimated 17.1 million people died from CVDs in 2004"

"By 2030, almost 23.6 million people will die from CVDs"

Source World Health Organization / Fact sheet N°317 / January 2011 / key facts

Pycnogenol® French maritime pine bark extract helps maintain a healthy cardiovascular system

Why it is important to keep a healthy cardiovascular system?

Keeping a healthy cardiovascular system is key for maintaining good vitality, physical strength, mental health and for general well being. There is a number of risk factors related to vascular function problems, such as cigarette smoking, obesity, sedentary life-style as well as hypertension, high levels of cholesterol or high blood sugar.

Pycnogenol® part of a health life-style

Pycnogenol® French maritime pine bark extract may significantly contribute to the improvement of some risk factors, with the normalisation of blood pressure and platelet function, improvement of blood lipids as well as blood sugar values. An important number of clinical studies demonstrate the efficacy of Pycnogenol® for keeping cardiovascular health problems at bay. Pycnogenol® was investigated in healthy people, individuals with borderline high risk factors but also as an adjunct in people taking prescription medicine for cardiovascular health issues.


Research has found that Pycnogenol® helps individuals maintain healthy circulation by increasing vasodialation of blood vessels, thus improving blood flow. Pycnogenol® helps make blood platelets less «sticky», helping to reduce blood clots.

Blood pressure

Studies have also shown that Pycnogenol® enhances the body’s own response to counteract blood vessel constriction. Normalizing blood vessel diameter naturally helps maintain blood pressure that is already in the normal range.


Finally, studies demonstrate that Pycnogenol® is a natural option for maintaining healthy cholesterol levels. In clinical trials, supplementing with Pycnogenol® was found to lower the «bad» (LDL) cholesterol while increasing the «good» (HDL) cholesterol.

To learn more about Pycnogenol® and cardiovascular health, please refer to the Science section of our website.