Pycnogenol® capsules, provided by Douglas Laboratories, supplies 25 mg of a pure, patented pine bark extract from Horphag Research, Ltd. Pycnogenol® is the registered trademark of Horphag Research and is the name given to their patented antioxidant complex produced solely from pine bark which contains a unique mixture of proanthocyanidins (a bioflavonoid), organic acids, and other active compounds. Other proanthocyanidin extracts may want to call themselves "pycnogenol", but they can't legally. Pycnogenol® is a unique product recognized by U.S. and international patents covering its innovative methods of extraction, preparation, and biological applications.
Pycnogenol® is made exclusively from the bark of the European coastal pine, Pinus maritima, which grows along the Atlantic coast of southern France. The nutrient-rich bark is processed by gentle water extraction through a solvent-free method which recovers all the water soluble components and maximizes bioavailability.
Pycnogenol® is one of the most powerful natural freeradical scavengers yet discovered. As such, it reduces oxidative damage to vital tissues and helps maintain a healthy capillary system. Pycnogenol®'s antioxidant activity is many times more effective than that of vitamin C and vitamin E. Pycnogenol® enhances the effectiveness of vitamins C and E and can be taken together with these vitamins for added benefit.
Pycnogenol® is composed of water-soluble proanthocyanidin dimers, trimers, and oligomers, catechin and epicatechin, and naturally-occurring organic acids such as ferulic acid and caffeic acid. Pycnogenol®’s proanthocyanidins are a highly specialized group of bioflavonoids unique in their ability to form condensation products. The dimeric proanthocyanidins are the most potent anti-free radical agents. Although the organic acids such as caffeic acid inhibit the formation of many reactive oxygen species less than the dimeric proanthocyanidins, they are more effective than vitamin C in this regard. The unique nutrient mixture supplied by Pycnogenol® helps maintain a healthy capillary system in several ways. It protects vitamin C which is necessary for the production of collagen. Pycnogenol® also binds to collagen fibers, protecting them from attack by free radicals so that the natural elasticity of collagen in skin, joints, arteries, capillaries and other tissues is maintained.
Pycnogenol® capsules may be a useful nutritional adjunct for individuals who wish to increase their intake of natural antioxidants in the bioflavonoid family of nutrients.
Pycnogenol 25 mg120 caps
Ingredients: Pycnogenol® patented pine bark extract, microcrystalline cellulose, rice starch, silicon dioxide, and magnesium stearate.
Pycnogenol® ..................................................25 mg
Contains no yeast; corn; wheat; soya; sugar or other sweeteners; artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.
1 to 3 capsules daily or as directed by physician.
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