Pycnogenol, a French Health Cocktail
- Proanthocyanidins (Strictly speaking, this is just one component of 40 found in Pycnogenol)
> 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
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:
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
besides being an antioxidant :
- 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 Pycnogenol Found Naturally?
Proanthocyanidins Complex (OPCs) are
sourced from plants only, typically:
Health Benefits of Pycnogenol
Examples of health benefits of Pycnogenol/Oligomeric
Proanthocyanidins Complex (OPC):
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)
publications state that there are no serious side effects from taking Pycnogenol.
Types of Antioxidants
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