In this book Richard A. Passwater introduces the health benefits of Pycnogenol.
What is Pycnogenol®?
Pycnogenol® is the trademark for a specific proanthrocyanadin containing extract derived from maritime pine bark. Pycnogenol® contains powerful antioxidants whose protective effects are manifest in a number of tissues (see below).
What does Pycnogenol® do?
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 memrane) phases of cells from by free radicals. Pycnogenol® also promotes increased availability of vitamin C within the body. Pycnogenol® antioxidants can be particularly effective for maintaining healthy functioning of blood vessels, and the eyes, as well as helping maintain normal strength, flexibility, cardiovasular system and suppleness of the skin.