Vitals Pycnogenol® is a patented and standardized pine bark extract (the outer part of the bark) of the maritime pine (Pinus pinaster), which is a pine species that grows at the SW coast of France.
Pines are rich in various polyphenols such as the oligomere proanthocyanidines (OPC) and organic acids (among which ferulic acid, cinnamic acid, and caffeic acid).
Pycnogenol has established quite a reputation in the past 40 years as a novel supplement. By now pycnogenol is one of the best researched nutritional supplements with no less than 300 scientific articles.
The biological effects of pine bark extract are multifaceted and based on various pathways.
Vitals Pycnogenol® is a strong antioxidant which protects cells in the body against free radicals. Pycnogenol also support a healthy immune response, which is important to maintain healthy lungs.
Pycnogenol also supports a healthy blood pressure, good blood circulation and elastic arteries because it positively influences the synthesis of NO (nitrogenoxide) from the amino acid L-arginine in the vessel walls.
NO is involved in many regulatory mechanisms,among which arterial walls.
Pycnogenol assists in maintaining the strength of veins and capillaries and is very useful for people with varicose veins and tired legs.
The active ingredients in the pine bark extract directly influence the activity of the enzyme α-glucosidase, which results in a faster absorption of carbohydrates in the gut. This is how pycnogenol can assist in a balanced glucose metabolism.
Vitals Pycnogenol® assists in the synthesis of collagen and hyaluronic acid, which are important building blocks for cartilage and synovial fluids. Apart from a healthy immune respons, these building blocks are also important for a normal joint function.
Women entering menopause can also benefit from supplementing with pycnogenol , because it also positively affects symptoms such as hot flushes.
When combined with proper nutrition and training, athletes can benefit from using pycnogenol, as it can make them faster and have better endurance capacity too. Furthermore, pycnogenol can improve recovery after heavy training sessions.
The main reason for this beneficial effect is because pycnogenol is an antioxidant. Even though formation of free radicals is a normal process after strenuous exercise, so you might wonder whether that is part of the positive effect of training, pycnogenol never negatively affected training results.
beneficial effects of Pycnogenol
• patented and standardized extract
• proven track record with hundreds of scientific studies
• supports cardiovascular health and healthy veins
• supports a healthy blood pressue
• supports the glucose metabolism
• supports healthy joints
Some supplements are suitable for both men and women of all ages as well as children. But other supplements are specifically targeted to the aging woman or man. Another supplement is especially suitable for athletes, regardless of gender.
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What are free radicals?The body is under constant attack from oxidative stress. Oxygen in the body splits into single atoms with unpaired electrons. Electrons like to be in pairs, so these atoms, called free radicals, scavenge the body to seek out other electrons so they can become a pair. This causes damage to cells, proteins and DNA.
Free radicals are associated with human disease, including cancer, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and many others. They also may have a link to aging, which has been defined as a gradual accumulation of free-radical damage.
Substances that generate free radicals can be found in the food we eat, the medicines we take, the air we breathe and the water we drink. These substances include fried foods, alcohol, tobacco smoke, pesticides and air pollutants.
Free radicals are the natural byproducts of chemical processes, such as metabolism. Free radicals can be seen as as waste products from various chemical reactions in the cell that when built up, harm the cells of the body.
Yet, free radicals are essential to life. The body's ability to turn air and food into chemical energy depends on a chain reaction of free radicals. Free radicals are also a crucial part of the immune system, floating through the veins and attacking foreign invaders.
take 1-2 capsules per day with a meal with ample amounts of water or as directed by your qualified health care consultant.
contains per daily serving (1 capsule)
pycnogenol (from pine bark extract Pinus pinaster 50 mg†
† = Recommended Daily Intake not established
active ingredient (pycnogenol), filler (rice concentrate), capsule (pullulan from fermented cassava-flour)
keep dry and closed at normal room temperature between 15 - 22°C.
keep out of reach of young children
To be absolutely safe it is not recommended to take pycnogenol during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Because there is no research done on children, it is also not recommended to give pycnogenol to children younger than 6 years old.
It is recommended to not take pycnogenol late in the day, some people experience problems to fall asleep when taking it too late in the day.
contains no familiar allergens (wheat, gluten, soy, lupin, nuts/tree nuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, dairy, egg, fish/shellfish or mollusks)
suitable for vegetarians and vegans