Research News

October 2010 Issue

Pycnogenol the Supplement: Health Promise—and Hype

Hailed the "antioxidant miracle", the popular dietary supplement, Pycnogenol® has been promoted for a plethora of benefits, from treating allergies and asthma to painful menstrual periods and erectile dysfunction. A U.S. trademarked extract from the bark of the French maritime pine (Pinus pinaster), Pycnogenol contains a number of bioactive compounds that appear to boost the immune system, and have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. These include oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) and other bioflavonoids like catechin, epicatechin, phenolic fruit acids, and taxifolin.

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