Pycnogenol is the trademark for a specific proanthrocyanadin containing extract derived from the bark of the French maritime pine tree (Pinus pinaster). Pycnogenol has powerful antioxidant activity, whose protective effects are manifest in a number of tissues (see below).
Pycnogenol is a potent antioxidant, with an antioxidant activity approximately fifty times that of vitamin C. Because of the chemical structure of Pycnogenol, it can be incorporated into and protect both the aqueous (cytoplasmic) and lipid (cell membrane) phases of cells from damage by free radicals. Pycnogenol also promotes increased availability of vitamin C within the body.
Pycnogenol antioxidants are particularly effective for maintaining healthy functioning of blood vessels, and the eyes, as well as maintaining normal strength, flexibility and suppleness of the skin.
Pycnogenol also helps maintain a normal response by the body to allergic or inflammatory challenge.
Each tablet of Pharma-Nord Bio-Pycnogenol contains 40mg of Pycnogenol maritime pine bark extract. Pycnogenol is a registered trademark of Horphag Research Ltd of Guernsey and is protected by U.S. Patent.