Pycnogenol is a natural plant extract from the bark of the Maritime Pine tree, which grows exclusively along the coast of southwest France. Pycnogenol is one of the most researched ingredients in the natural product marketplace today. Published findings have demonstrated that Pycnogenol has a wide array of beneficial effects on the body. It is a natural combination of proanthocyanidins, bioflavinoids and organic acids.
Pycnogenol has 3 basic properties:
- It is a powerful antioxidant that selectively binds to collagen and elastin
- It protects connective tissue cells
- Promotes the normal production of endothelial nitric oxide, which promotes the normal dilation of blood vessels.
As an antioxidant, it is one of the most potent natural scavengers of free radicals and combats many aggressive free radicals before they can cause oxidative stress to vital organs.