Pine Bark Pycnogenol
Pycnogenol is a bioflavanoid taken from the bark of a specific type of pine species found in Europe, pine bark. Pycnogenol is said to be an incredible antioxidant. This means that it fights off harmful free radicals that interfere with DNA, alter cell composition and result in a number of disorders such as Alzheimer’s, cancer and glaucoma.
Some studies suggest that it is actually a better antioxidant than vitamins C and E. Pycnogenol has a very fast absorption rate. It is taken into the blood stream within 20 minutes and stays in the body for up to 72 hours. It can even cross over into the brain and work to protect brain tissues. Pine bark is said to be an effective anti-inflammatory, making it a popular choice for the treatment of swelling and headaches.
Pycnogenol herbal supplements are thought to improve many of the regenerative symptoms associated with aging, helping to strengthen the immune system, vision and skin elasticity. It is also believed that pycnogenol improves the circulatory system and improves vascular strength.