Now Pycnogenol 100 mg
Free Radical Scavenger-Vascular Support-Inflammatory Support!
- Free Radical Scavenger
- Vascular Support
- Inflammatory Support
- A Dietary Supplement
- Vegetarian Formula
Pycnogenol is a natural plant product made from the bark of French Maritime pine that grow in the Lands Forest of southwestern France. It is the only species of tree that grows in this 4,000 square mile forest. These pine trees contain concentrated levels of unique flavonoid compounds known as the chemical proanthocyanidin that support the body's ability to neutralize free radicals. Free radicals (reactive molecules) can inhibit immune functions and expedite the aging process. Pycnogenol® is rich in procyanidins, a special class of water-soluble antioxidant flavonoids which are excellent free radical scavengers. Numerous scientific studies have demonstrated that Pycnogenol® helps to maintain vascular strength and function. In addition, Pycnogenol® has been shown to support a healthy, balanced inflammatory response.
These chemicals come from a class of protective compounds that we normally get in fruits and vegetables. Oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) have a number of properties. First, they appear to help Vitamin C work better in the brain. Vitamin C is needed for the synthesis of the neurotransmitters norepinephirine, dopamine and serotonin, which are involved with ADD. Vitamin C also protects the brain against free-radical damage, so the Vitamin C/OPC combination acts as an antioxident. Vitamin C also helps the body chelate toxic heavy metals so that they can be flushed from the body. This is all coming from the book cited below, so don't be thinking I actually understand it.
OPCs also act as natural anti-histamines, block inflammation and boost the immune system. They also reportedly affect the metabolic enzymes that regulate neurotransmitters, and they appear to inhibit the breakdown of norepinephrine and dopamine. Some recent studies have shown that ADD is associated with a faster than average reuptake (breakdown) of dopamine, so perhaps this is the most important factor in how OPCs help.
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Antioxidant and NO productionI have been supplementing this product for years, and will continue to do so. Outside of the antioxidant aspect, this product is superb for blood flow and nitric oxide production. It is also helpful for asthma, in my experience, and restless leg syndrome, particularly when taken with Tylenol. Again, I speak from personal experience. As always, consult with your physician prior to supplementing!