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Pycnogenol The New Health and Longevity Enhancement Supplement

Updated on May 11, 2011

Improve Your Health, Skin, Endurance and Feel Younger

Pycnogenol is a relatively new find of microbiology that begins to gain momentum, as the positive consumer feedback on its amazing effects accumulate. Pycnogenol is a product derived from the pine bark of a tree known as Pinus Pinaster. The active ingredients in Pycnogenol can also be extracted from other sources, including peanut skin, grape seed, and witch hazel bark.

Pycnogenol is establishing as an effective treatment and aid (by itself and in combination with other supplements) for:

  • Circulation problems
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Ringing in the ears
  • High blood pressure
  • Muscle soreness
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Endometriosis
  • Menopausal symptoms and PMS
  • Erectile dysfunction (ED) and male fertility problems
  • Retinopathy

It is also used for preventing disorders of the heart and blood vessels, preventing strokes, heart disease and benefiting varicose veins.

Pycnogenol is also gaining much popularity in its anti-aging effects, due to its powerful anti-oxidant properties. Also has beneficial effects on the skin, improving physical endurance and improving male fertility.

The main active constituents in Pycnogenol are proanthocyanidins (procyanidins). Proanthocyanidins are polymer chains of flavanoids, a group of condensed flavanols. Like Resveratrol, these flavanols have a very high ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value. The strong anti-oxidant activity of Proanthocyanidins plays a role in stabilizing collagen and maintenance of elastin — two critical proteins in connective tissue that support organs, joints, blood vessels, and muscle.

One important precaution with this supplement is that if you have low blood pressure, you shouldn't take it. Try Resveratrol instead, as another powerful anti-oxidant and anti-aging product very similar to Pycnogenol.

The Maritime Pine Bark, from which Pycnogenol is derived, has 65-75 percent proanthocyanidins. A 100 mg serving would contain 65 to 75 mg of proanthocyanidins. Pycnogenol is recommended in doses between 100 mg and up to 600 mg for at most six consequtive months. Then a few months brake is suggested, because the body has accumulated enough of the compounds.

Pycnogenol is not cheap supplement, but there are some good quality brands that do make it at very reasonable price. I recommend you try the Healthy Origins brand. Here is link to their product:

You can find the best prices of Pycnogenol supplements in iherb. And, if you buy for the first time from iherb you can use this discount coupon at check out - DOB496 - for 5$ OFF + Free Samples. You can also get free shipping for orders above 40$ if you live in USA.

You can also browse other brands for Pycnogenol supplements, including some natural cosmetics that use it in their contents.

Be well and be healthy!


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