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Bulk Pycnogenol Pine Bark in Powder Extract: The Easy Way to Eat a Pine Tree!

Updated on March 28, 2013

"Did you ever eat a pine tree? Many parts are edible!"

If you were around in 1974, you may remember Euell Gibbons giving us this sage bit of advice in a cereal commercial! Well, darned if he wasn't right! It turns out that pine bark extract is not only edible, it is simply fabulous for your health.

Help With Cramping and Inflammation

Pycnogenol pine bark extract benefits are multiple. In fact, it has proven to be an excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-cramping agent in clinical trials targeted at osteoarthritis and asthma. Several studies have shown that pine bark extract is an excellent supplement for improving blood flow, thereby easing pain and cramps. This is very helpful for women who experience painful menstruation (dysmenorrhea). Pine bark supplement is very high in antioxidants, so in addition to helping with cramps of all kinds, it is also helpful for reducing inflammation and protecting and repairing the body's cells. Additionally, pycnogenol extract provides significant amounts of selenium, as well as vitamins E, C, and A.

Muscle damage may be caused by strenuous exercise. This damage can result in inflammation, cramping and pain. If you are a serious athlete, or are just starting a workout program, pine bark extract can be very helpful to you in easing the pain and inflammation of hard-working muscles. The increase of blood flow to the muscles helps them to recover faster and reduces pain by washing away lactic acid buildup.

A study at L'Aquila University, Italy focused on Pycnogenol pine bark extract’s effects on cramping and venous disorders. The findings indicated that average people who used pycnogenol pine bark extract could expect a twenty five percent reduction in their experience of cramping during and after exercise. Participants who had problems with venous insufficiency had a forty percent reduction in their experience of cramping. Participants who were serious athletes experienced a thirteen percent reduction of cramping.

Increased Blood Flow Has Many Benefits

A further study found Pycnogenol pine bark extract was particularly helpful for diabetic microangiopathy. This is a condition that affects the small veins of people with diabetes. Additionally, pine bark extract was found to be beneficial for people experiencing intermittent claudication. This is a disease of the blood vessels that causes leg cramps. Both groups of patients found that they experienced about twenty percent less pain and discomfort while taking Pycnogenol pine bark extract. Those in a control group taking a placebo had no reduction of pain.

It is common for people to experience cramps for a number of reasons. Whether you are very fit and exercise regularly, are unfit and experience a stress injury, or have an illness that causes cramping, Pycnogenol pine bark extract may prove to be extremely helpful to you. It is very effective and has not been found to have any dangerous side effects.

Copyright: SuzanneBennett: October 23, 2009

The Supplement That Has Something for Everyone!

Enjoying Pine Trees the Old-Fashioned Way!


Enjoy your pycnogenol powder from in a glass of chilled apple juice. It is very tasty in a chardonnay-ish sort of way and great with fruit, cheese and fresh French bread!


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  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR


    5 years ago from Texas

    Thanks! :)

  • Peggy W profile image

    Peggy Woods 

    5 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Hi Suzanne,

    This is a very interesting hub. I don't get leg cramps that often but when they occur, they are surely painful. We do use pine nuts quite often in salads, in the making of our pesto, etc. Good to learn about Pycnogenol...and yes...I remember Euell Gibbons. :) Voted up, useful and interesting.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Texas

    My pleasure! You need to get busy writing some more HUBS! :)

  • lyla1 profile image


    7 years ago

    thanks for commenting on my first blog, you seem very nice, once again... THANKS EVER SO MUCH! xx


  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Texas

    I don't know, specifically! I imagine so, but it is a lot easier to just order a big bag from! :)

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    7 years ago

    can you get pycnogenol from pine trees in the southeastern U.S

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Texas

    My pleasure! :)

  • htodd profile image


    7 years ago from United States

    Great hub ,Thanks for sharing

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Texas

    That's great! They are mighty tasty! :)

  • billyaustindillon profile image


    8 years ago

    I had no idea about the benefits of pine. I too have a few dishes we cook with pine nuts. Now I know I need to have them more often.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Texas

    My pleasure! :)

  • Amanda Severn profile image

    Amanda Severn 

    9 years ago from UK

    Well you learn something new every day! I often buy pine nuts and use them in salads or with pesto on pasta, but I didn't know that the bark had medicinal uses. Thanks for sharing!

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Texas

    Yes, in the video, the "eat the weeds" guy explains about the benefits and uses of pine nuts and how to harvest them! :) Thanks for your comment!

  • BkCreative profile image


    9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

    I was just doing research on pycnogenol and found so much great information. I'm glad you also presented it exactly for what it is - pine bark, which has long been used in Chinese medicine. Pycnogenol is only the name brand. And those pine nuts? - they also have healthy benefits.

    Thanks for all the information!


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