Pine bark extract has a 450-year-old legend surrounding it. There is a written account of an event that happened in 1534, when a French ship led by explorer Jacques Cartier became stranded in ice near Quebec, Canada. Cartier’s crew became severely sick from scurvy, which used to be a fatal disease caused by a lack of vitamin C in the diet. Cartier’s crew was saved when a Quebec Indian instructed them to drink a brew made from pine bark and needles. Four centuries later, a French researcher named Jacques Masquelier discovered the reason for the effectiveness of this remedy. A substance found in pine bark acts as an antioxidant in the body, and greatly increases the effectiveness of the vitamin C found in the pine needles.
Pine Bark Extract, often commonly known as Pycnogenol, is used in chronic venous insufficiency, allergies, asthma, hypertension, muscle soreness, pain, osteoarthritis, diabetes, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), endometriosis, menopausal symptoms, dysmenorrhea, erectile dysfunction, and retinopathy. It is also used for helping to prevent stroke, preventing vascular conditions such as heart disease and varicose veins, slowing the aging process, maintaining skin health, improving athletic endurance, and improving sperm morphology in subfertile men.
Pine Bark Extract counteracts the danger of free radicals by stimulating cells to double their antioxidative power while catching free radicals in the blood stream. Pine bark extract defends the skin against the free radicals produced by UV rays, stress, and environmental damage, nourishing the skin from the inside out.
Pine bark extract is a super-antioxidant, and has been shown to reduce free radicals as well as boost the immune system.
Pine bark extract is a well-researched natural remedy with a wide range of applications. It is a food supplement rather than a drug, and only a few, insignificant, side effects have been observed when taken in approved dosages. In over three hundred studies , of which more than seventy were human studies, pine bark extract has been found to be extremely effective in the treatment of allergies, arthritis, diabetes, erectile dysfunction and menopausal complaints.