A Gift from Mother Nature
For centuries, herbalists have recommended plant extracts - barks, roots, leaves - to treat people's ills. Today, nutritionists and doctors recommend diets rich in fruits and vegetables to prevent the same diseases. The scientific reason for the success of these diets have recently become apparent. Fruits, vegetables and herbs contain flavonoids - the type of polyphenolic antioxidants found in Pycnogenol®. While all these flavonoids are found in a broad range of fruits, vegetables and herbs, Pycnogenol® provides an optimal combination of polyphenols in a concentrated form in this single supplement.
Pycnogenol® has proof of its bio availability in man. Pycnogenol®, a powerful blend of antioxidants and a natural anti-inflammatory agent, helps your body to combat environmental stress, keeps your circulatory system fit and combats joint inflammation. Pycnogenol® improves and normalizes capillary activity and strengthens capillary walls. It helps restore flexibility to arterial walls. Pycnogenol® binds collagen fibers, realigning them in the process to more youthful, undamaged structures. Elasticity and flexible strength is restored to connective tissue. The versatility goes beyond the fact that Pycnogenol® is a potent blend of antioxidants: its benefits are also due to it being a unique vitamin C "action-helper". Current research has shown that Pycnogenol® reduces the risk circulatory diseases (stroke, vascular and heart diseases) , reduces inflammation (arthritis, edema), maintains skin health and helps alleviate a variety of other conditions.
Pine bark flavonoid polyphenols were in used by the native Indians of North America in a tea brewed from the bark of pine trees growing along the Atlantic coast. History indicates that pine bark was used medicinally as early as the 13th century. French explorer Jacques Cartier was introduced to the tea when Indians saved most of his crew from death by scurvy during the winter of 1534. More than 400 Years later Universities began studies on flavonoids. Their search for bio-active flavonoids eventually led them to French coastal pine bark, where they found a rich source of a narrow group of highly bio available and bio-active flavonoids in the bark of the French maritime pine of Landes de Gascogne.
Horphag's continuing work by researchers in France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Switzerland and the United States over the last 30 years has confirmed the chemical structure, effects and absence of toxicity in Pycnogenol®.