What is Pycnogenol?
Pine bark flavonoid polyphenols were in used by the Native Americans in a tea brewed from the bark of pine trees growing along the Atlantic coast. In the early 1900s, universities began studies on flavonoids. Their search for bio-active flavonoids eventually led them to French coastal pine bark, where they found a rich source of a narrow group of highly bio-available and bio-active flavonoids in the bark of the French maritime pine of Landes de Gascogne. Pycnogenol is produced by a validated and patented manufacturing process. There are absolutely no pesticides or herbicides used during the growing of the pine trees or toxic solvents used during the manufacture of Pycnogenol. Pycnogenol is made up of a natural occuring blend of bioflavonoids including catechin, epicatechin, taxifolin, oligomeric proanthocyanidnins and phenolic fruit acids such as ferulic acid and caffeic acid. It is a powerful antioxidant that is also rich in compounds known as proanthocyanidins. These constituents are free radical scavengers, and are thought to protect the lining of blood vessels from damage. Many other commonly used herbs are high in proanthocyanidins, including grape seed extract, green tea and cranberry.*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.