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What is Pycnogenol?

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Pycnogenol is derived from the bark of European coastal pines, and is an amazingly superior antioxidant. It is not that this particular antioxidant provides a stronger or higher amount of antioxidants that are somehow more capable of destroying larger quantities free radicals. What makes Pycnogenol a superior antioxidant is the fact that it posses a vast amount of proanthocyanidinsa. These proanthocyanidinsa are a superior/special class of water soluble antioxidants that happen to be excellent free radical scavengers.

The name scavenger sounds like some sort of ocean bottom feeder… let’s call them free radical bounty hunters. These special bounty hunters leave very few places for their intended targets to hide, unlike your regular run of the mill antioxidants. The non-water soluble antioxidants are very good at their job, they scoop up and destroy all the free radicals in plain sight… the ones that don’t run and hide. While the bounty hunters, the water soluble antioxidants, are capable of following these “bad guys” in all the deep dark places where they may hide and cause deadly diseases like cancer.

You see, both types of antioxidants are necessary to provide complete coverage. I cannot stress this point enough, external aging is a cosmetic issue that no one wants to deal with very quickly, but internal aging can be very dangerous because of the common illnesses that these nasty little free radicals cause. Also, as a powerful antioxidant Pycnogenol acts as a natural anti-inflammatory that binds to connective tissues, as well as a vasodilator. Actually, Pycnogenol has shown promise in improving many conditions earning it the name the jack of all trades. There are many studies from which to pick information, because there has been such extensive research on the supplement.

One of the 170 published studies shows that Pycnogenol has definite promise in promoting blood sugar stabilization. While another states a definite connection between the supplement and improved cardiovascular function. Still yet another has linked the supplement to better skin, less severe menstrual periods, improved cognitive function, and sports nutrition…just to name a few. Remember, there have been over170 published studies. Most recently there has been a buzz about the use of Pycnogenol for behavior problems in children. Of course it is important to mention that you should never self medicate a child; always-always check with your doctor before giving your child anything.

Pycnogenol taken in conjunction with another water soluble antioxidant, like grape seed extract, is a perfect way to ensure your body seeks out and destroys all water soluble free radicals… make sure you get all the bad guys! There is a wonderful supplement that will combine these two perfect antioxidants together in an all in one formula. Once you build up that team of bounty hunters within your body there will be no stopping them, and your chances of developing certain age related illness are greatly reduced. So, stop by the N101, check out your options, and arm your internal bounty hunters.

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