Nutrient Family :
> Sub-Group: Polyphenols - Flavonoids
The name “Pycnogenol” was coined by French researcher, Dr Jacques Mesquelier, in the early 1950s.
Pycnogenol is a registered trademark for the flavonoid supplement produced from a special type of maritime pine bark found in France and in the Quebec province of Canada.
Its “real” name is Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins Complex or “OPC” for short. Its long name is quite the obvious reason why Pycnogenol became its adopted or the generic name.
Pycnogenol is a supplement made of up to 40 different types of flavonoids extracted from this pine bark. However, the name is also use for same substances extracted from grape seeds, grape skins or cranberries.
While it’s made up of 40 different flavonoids, most notably amongst them are:
o Proanthocynidin is said to be 50 times more potent than Vitamin E as an antioxidant
And, Pycnogenol (the 40 flavonoids working as a group) is said to be 50 times more potent than Vitamin C as an antioxidant, and being a Network Booster, it recycles Vitamin C.
Fat or Water Soluble Antioxidant:
Other functions besides being an antioxidant :
Pycnogenol/Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins Complex (OPCs) are sourced from plants only, typically:
Examples of food sources:
Examples of health benefits of Pycnogenol/Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins Complex (OPC):
Most publications state that there are no serious side effects from taking Pycnogenol.
Types of Antioxidants >
Return to the Top - Pycnogenol