After 40 years of award-winning research and more than 100 studies and human trials, published in respected science journals, it's clear that Pycnogenol (pronounced pic-NOJ-en-all) is truly nature's most versatile nutritional supplement. All of its amazing and varied benefits are believed to be due to one or more of Pycnogenol's four basic properties:
• Delivers extensive antioxidant protection
• Supports joints health
• Generates nutrients and protein structures in the skin
• Supports circulatory system chemicals and tissues
Healthy Blood Pressure and Circulation* Pycnogenol helps maintain healthy circulation by optimizing the release of chemicals from endothelial cells — cells that line arteries and veins — which can improve their function and blood flow1.2.3 and also contribute to maintaining healthy blood pressure.6
Healthy Cholesterol Support*† Pycnogenol's effectiveness in maintaining healthy blood lipids has been shown in several human studies, including menopausal women4 and patients with key risk factors.5
Joint Function and Sports Performance† Pycnogenol has been demonstrated to promote joint mobility and flexibility and help relieve aching in many studies. After supplementing with Pycnogenol, people were more flexible7, and Pycnogenol has also been found to enhance joint comfort.8 A recent study showed that Pycnogenol can improve performance and boost recovery both in recreational and serious athletes.11 Pycnogenol also reduced muscle cramping and pain during and after intense exercise.12
Healthy Looking Skin† Pycnogenol protects the structural proteins collagen and elastin9 and also increases the new production of collagen and hyaluronic acid, both important to healthy, younger-looking skin.10 For menopausal women, it's been shown to enhance skin elasticity and skin hydration, especially in women who had dry skin from the start.10
And Even More Benefits Pycnogenol® has been shown to enhance mental performance, including improved sustained attention, memory, and mood in healthy students.13 For women in perimenopause, Pycnogenol may help to naturally control symptoms such as hot flashes, night-time sweating, memory problems, and more, without influencing hormone status.4,15 In younger women, it's also been shown to ease menstrual discomfort.14
Pycnogenol is a natural ingredient derived from the bark of pine trees.
• Grown in a natural forest without pesticides or herbicides.
• Extracted without any toxic solvents.
• Unique and protected by several U.S. and international patents.
Pine trees in Les Landes de Gascogne forest in southwest France, the sole source of Pycnogenol®
An antioxidant is a molecule that inhibits oxidation of other molecules. Oxidation reactions are biologically important, but unchecked they can produce free radicals, which in turn start chain reactions that can damage or destroy cells. Antioxidants terminate or inhibit oxidative reactions.
You’ll find them in fruits such as berries, apricots, apples, prunes, cantaloupe, papaya, and citrus fruits, and in vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, beets, asparagus, squash, and spinach. Some vegetables that are actually fruits, such as eggplants and red, green, yellow or orange peppers, are also good sources of antioxidants! So are beans, which are technically fruits. Whatever you call them, they should be a part of your healthy diet. But try to eat them raw or lightly steamed, not boiled or overcooked, to maximize their antioxidant benefits.
It's also a good idea to supplement the antioxidants in your diet with Pycnogenol. Pycnogenol's extensive antioxidant properties can mop up aggressive free radicals before they can cause damage.