Proanthocyanidins, one part of the French Health Cocktail, Pycnogenol
Red Wine and Grapes - Proanthocyanidin rich
> Sub Group: Polyphenols - Flavonoids
is one of the 40 ingredients that make up Pycnogenol, a powerful antioxidant
Pycnogenol is a
registered trademark for the flavonoids supplement produced from a special type
of maritime pine bark found in France and in the Quebec province of Canada. The
name “Pycnogenol” was coined by French researcher, Dr Jacques Mesquelier, in
the early 1950s. Its “real” name is
Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins Complex or “OPC” for short.
name “Pycnogenol” can be used for same substances extracted from grape seeds,
grape skins or cranberries.
Fat or Water Soluble
is said to be 50 times more potent than Vitamin E as an antioxidant.
besides being an antioxidant – similar to Pycnogenol:
- Reinforces capillary walls which in turns
- Protect against platelet aggregation,
reducing risks of blood clots that can lead to stroke and heart attack.
- Bolster the immune system by recycling
Vitamin C as well as protecting the macrophages (a type of white blood cells
used by body as an immune defence) from free radical damages.
Where Is Proanthocyanidin Found Naturally?
is sourced from plants only, typically:
Health Benefits Of Proanthocyanidins
Examples of health benefits of Proanthocyanidin - similar to Pycnogenol:
Free radicals to protect cells
the Immune System
Pressure – both High and Low Blood Pressure
Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
against UV and reduce damages of sun spots
or preventing chronic venous insufficiency (CVI)/swollen capillary - which can cause edema (fluid retention),
weakness in capillary, legs swelling, varicose veins, itching, skin ulcers,
Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – improves blood flow to brain and thereby, improves concentration/focus
and Diabetic microangiopathy (disease of small veins related to diabetes)
- Cramps – as it aids circulatory issues – including menstrual
- Erectile dysfunction (ED) (taken with L-Arginine)
Types of Antioxidants
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