Pycnogenol is a nutritional supplement that is derived from the extract that is obtained from the bark of the French Maritime Pine which is grown only along the coast of France. It contains powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory qualities while also containing nicotinic acids which help to dilate the blood vessels in the body. It also has oligometric catechins which are also found at high concentrations in red wine, grapes, cocoa, cranberries and apples.

There have been numerous studies done on the efficacy of Pycnogenol and its ability as an antioxidant qualities. The studies showed that this product was very effective in binding with the collagen and other tissues of the body to increase the elasticity of the skin and other connective tissues of the body. This gives it an edge in the anti-aging market as far as supplements go.

In a study that was done of fruit flies, the results showed that Pycnogenol delayed the aging process and the demise of the fruit flies. Therefore it was felt that Pycnogenol would be beneficial in helping to defray the ravages of aging in the human body. Other studies that were done in accordance with aging showed that this product helped to improve memory and cognition in those who took it regularly.

In women’s health, Pycnogenol has been shown to help to reduce the risk of heart disease as well as reduce the occlusion of the arteries and the risk of coronary artery disease. This supplement also has been shown to help in reducing the amount of swelling in the lower extremities in women as well as reducing the risk of stroke and TIA’s in women. Pycnogenol has been shown to help reduce the effects of dysmenorrhea as far as the severity of cramps and painful periods during the menstrual cycle for women.

Pycnogenol also has been shown to help to keep the skin smoother and younger looking for longer periods of time. This supplement has helped protect the skin from UV rays and their aging abilities as well. It has been noted that it helps to improve dark spots on the skin. In improving the general circulation of the body, the skin benefits by allowing waste products to be removed from the skin and new nutrients provided as needed.

This supplement has been shown to be beneficial to those who suffer from chronic respiratory illness such as chronic bronchitis, asthma and other disease that is caused by inflammation of the lungs or airways. Pycnogenol is responsible for reducing inflammation from the lungs and other air passages which makes it much easier for someone to breathe and also for them to heal from their illness.

Pycnogenol is beneficial to those who suffer from arthritis and other problems which are due to inflammation. It has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. The supplement works to reduce inflammation in the organs and tissues of the body. It can reduce inflammation and pain as well through this process.

As powerful antioxidant, Pycnogenol is beneficial in its ability to protect the bodies cells from damage by free radicals. This means that it could reduce the risk of future heart and cardiovascular disease in most people. It also can help to lower cholesterol levels by its ability to help improve the circulation.

There have been no significant side effects that have been noted with this supplement. There are some toxicity issues however. It hs been noted that nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, flatulence, indigestion, and some dizziness have been reported by some people taking this supplement. Pregnant women, those who are lactating and children under the age of 6 should not take this supplement. As with this or any other supplement, if you have any type of chronic illness, consult with your medical professional prior to taking it to make sure of its safety.

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