Antioxidant - Pycnogenol
Pycnogenol is a group of water-soluble polyphenols
called Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins (OPC's),
The active ingredients are catechins, epicatechins,
their dimers and oligomers, and organic acids.
The most potent antioxidants [dimeric proanthocyanidins
- PACs] are derived from white pine bark. Pycnogenol
is 80% to 85% PACs, 5% catechin and epicatechin, and
2%-4% organic acids.
Benefits of Pycnogenol
Pycnogenol is about 50 times more powerful than Vitamin
E in its antioxidant properties, and 20 times more powerful
than vitamin C.
These powerful antioxidants:
- strengthen blood capillaries and help to regulate
- maintain collagen - OPC's and bioflavonoids with
vitamin C work together
- fight inflammatory conditions in veins and capillaries.
(See ActiVin, OPC's, Bioflavonoids).
Source of Pycnogenol
The body cannot manufacture OPC's- polyphenols so must
obtain them from foods. Unfortanately, most food sources
are not water soluble, and thus are harder to assimilate.
Pycnogenol is water soluble and therefore more powerful.
ALA | Astaxanthin | Bioflavonoid
| Echinacea | Ginkgo
Biloba | Glutathione | Carotenes
| Pectin | Polygalacturonic
Acids | Pycogenol | SOD
| Vit. D | Vit. E
| Vit. A | Vit. C
| White Pine Bark | Zinc