WHAT IS IT?
What is Pycnogenol?
Pycnogenol is a patented extract from the bark of seaside pine growing on the west coast of France and Spain. Thanks to recent research, the therapeutic and prophylactic value of this natural element has been proven, and its safety has been confirmed. In fact, an organic compound such as pycnogenol is not a scientific discovery. The substance contains more than 60% of proanthocyanides (procyanidins), which are rich in fruits such as grapes, bananas, strawberries and avocados. The exceptional interest in pycnogenol is explained by the presence of other unique components and their compatibility with each other.
Pycnogenol in the scientific world is denoted by the abbreviations OPC-85 or OPC-85 +, depending on the source of its receipt.
OPC is an English abbreviation of the term oligomeric proanthocyanide (oligomeric proanthocyanidins). This is the name of the main active substances of pycnogenol. Numerous laboratory and clinical studies have shown that ORS are the most powerful antioxidants known to science - substances that neutralize various types of free radicals.
OPC-85 - this pycnogenol is obtained from the bark of seaside pine growing in France, it has stronger antihistamine properties and protects the body from allergic reactions. The name “Pycnogenol” was patented in the USA only for OPC-85, therefore, the American companies-producers of dietary supplements, unlike the European ones, use it exclusively for extract from the bark of seaside pine.
OPC-85 + is obtained from grape seed, it has a stronger antioxidant (antioxidant) effect and is patented in the United States under the name "Activin".
What are proanthocyanides (procyanidins, oligomeric proanthocyanides, oligomeric proanthocyanidins)?
Proanthocyanides belong to the group of flavonoids with a wide spectrum of action. The biological activity of this element makes it possible to strengthen the protective mechanisms of cellular compounds and improve overall health. Moreover, such a substance is valued for its excellent antioxidant properties.
Proanthocyanides consist of complex flavonoids that can break down into individual components. Such chains have a powerful effect on all cells of the body and are valued for their excellent antioxidant properties. Proanthocyanicides can affect the content of vitamin C inside the cells, make them more permeable, and bind together free radicals. It is also interesting that the substance can affect collagen and strengthen its structure.
The main physical properties are the following element capabilities:
- antioxidant effect on all cells of the body;
- suppression of free radicals in the body;
- protection from adverse ecology;
- reducing the risk of cardiovascular and oncological diseases;
- restoration of cellular structure and preservation of youth.
Dietary supplements may contain a certain amount of proanthocyanides, but the effectiveness of each drug depends on the particular plant from which the active element was extracted.
The antioxidant properties possessed by proanthocyanides are much higher than those of other substances of a similar effect, and the most common variant of the extract is grape seed extract and extract of the bark of seaside pine.
In addition to feeding the cells at the molecular level, a substance of this type enhances the production of certain narrow-acting enzymes. For example, proanthocyanides are capable of demonstrating regenerative properties that help reduce the risk of cancer diseases.
Warnings, directions, overdose of pycnogenol
Pycnogenol can be recommended as a prophylactic agent for preserving youth and vigor. The element is able to create a powerful antioxidant protection and due to this property contributes to improving the tone and the overall improvement of all health factors.
In addition to such a wide exposure, the substance can be assigned to residents of regions with increased radioactivity. The active compounds of proanthocyanides are able to excrete radionuclides from the body, which adversely affect human health.
The formula for calculating the daily dose for each person is calculated individually, and you should consult with your doctor before starting a treatment course. There are no contraindications of strict nature in this case, but for pregnant women and nursing mothers it is better to refrain from such treatment.
An overdose of the drug can be expressed by the appearance of allergies and irritation, but the excess flavonoids are eliminated from the body naturally, so you can not worry about it. The recommended dose is 100-200 mg pycnogenol per day, but much depends on the form of the drug. The concentrated extract consists of a solution with a higher content of proanthocyanides.
Analogs of pycnogenol in Russia - which one to choose?
Unfortunately, the choice of drugs with an extract of French pine bark on the shelves of Russian pharmacies is small. Sometimes pharmacists try to give medicines with a vasodilating effect as an analog, but these drugs have nothing to do with procyanidins. What can our pharmacists offer? To strengthen the arteries and get rid of sclerotic plaques - Lizivit-C IrwinNaturals, Verbena-Clean Vessels or Ateroclefit, although it is difficult to call them analogues of the extract of the bark of seaside pine. Vision Sharp Healthy Eyes IrwinNaturals, or another dietary supplement containing lutein, beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, will have a good effect on the blood circulation in the organs of vision. If you need a powerful antioxidant, pay attention to products containing grape seed extract.
What distinguishes pycnogenol from other antioxidants?
Pycnogenol is 100% natural, has excellent bioavailability and high efficiency. Pycnogenol contains more than 60% of proanthocyanides, special compounds that are 20 and 50 times more effective than vitamins C and E in vitamins, respectively. It is proved that Pycnogenol is a stronger antioxidant than coenzyme Q10 and alpha lipoic acid. Pycnogenol also contains organic acids, glycosides, and about 40 more biologically active substances. Pycnogenol is the only natural remedy with such a unique combination of ingredients that determines its extraordinary benefit for the body.
Why to take Pycnogenol? Medicinal properties and action of Pycnogenol.
To get all the nutrients needed to suppress free radicals, you need to eat up to five servings of fruits, vegetables and nuts with antioxidant properties daily. But even this amount may not be enough, because in the process of processing and cooking food loses its antioxidant properties. Stress, pollution, tobacco smoke and other harmful factors can lead to the formation of a large number of free radicals in the body. In such a situation, the administration of pycnogenol is the most effective, affordable and guaranteed way to protect against the action of free radicals.
Proanthocyanides contained in pycnogenol are the most powerful antioxidants known to science - substances that neutralize various types of free radicals.
Moreover, pycnogenol not only neutralizes them, but also prevents the initial formation of these "aggressive molecules."
Why do you need to fight free radicals?
Today, it is reliably known that "aggressive" molecules, which are called free radicals, are the main cause of disease and aging. Under the influence of numerous adverse external and internal factors in the human body, a huge amount of free radicals is formed, which cause damage in every cell and molecule, including DNA - our hereditary material. This process is called oxidative, that is, oxidative stress. Under the influence of constant attacks of free radicals, cardiovascular, oncological and many other diseases develop. Moreover, due to mutations that are accumulated in the DNA that are inherited, each succeeding generation becomes more and more unhealthy, and our children are increasingly being born already seriously ill.
Along with proanthocyanides, pycnogenol contains organic acids, glycosides, and about 40 more biologically active components. The composition of the herbal remedies includes such biologically active components as phenols, procyanidins, epicatechins, catechins and flavonoids, which destroy free radicals and remove them from the body. Due to a unique set of trace elements pycnogenol has a powerful healing effect on the body:
- boosts immunity;
- helps restore and preserve vitamin C;
- accelerates wound healing and eliminates hematomas;
- improves the quality of the ejaculate, eliminates infertility;
- improves mental activity, memory and attention,
- useful for ADHD; restores the monthly cycle;
- reduces inflammation in the joints;
- protects against allergies and asthma;
- prevents the formation of blood clots;
- adjusts blood sugar levels;
- prevents the development of varicose veins;
- strengthens the heart muscle and lowers blood pressure;
- prevents the occurrence of cataracts.
This is not a complete list of the beneficial properties of pycnogenol. In addition to the beneficial effects on all body systems, pine bark extract helps to preserve blood vessels, makes them strong and healthy, improves elasticity, and improves blood microcirculation. This property of pycnogenol is perhaps the main one from the extensive list of therapeutic effects.
An antioxidant is also useful for the skin. The effect of pycnogenol is manifested at the molecular and cellular level in the form of stabilizing cell membranes and protecting molecules from damage. When applied locally, pycnogenol protects tissues from solar radiation and accelerates recovery. Taking deep into the dermis, proanthocyanides (procyanidins) stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, improve blood flow and hydration of the skin, protect the collagen and elastin fibers of connective tissue from damage.
This strengthens the walls of blood vessels and improves blood circulation, both in the smallest capillary vessels and in the arteries and veins. This makes pycnogenol a priority for the prevention and treatment of varicose disease, atherosclerosis, and microcirculation disorders in diabetes mellitus and other diseases.
The ability of pycnogenol to strengthen the connective tissue makes it one of the best means to preserve the youth of the skin, maintain its elasticity and elasticity. This property, along with high anti-inflammatory activity, ensures the effectiveness of pycnogenol in inflammatory and degenerative diseases of the joints. The suppression of free radical processes, the improvement of blood circulation and the maintenance of the integrity of the connective tissue in all internal organs and tissues explains the normalizing effect of pycnogenol on the functions of all organs and systems.
Whom can Pycnogenol help?
Dietary supplements with pine bark extract have long been used in sports nutrition. They not only increase strength and endurance, but also accelerate metabolic processes in the body, contribute to the burning of extra calories. The systematic use of pycnogenol before training will help to return the body's shape and perfect shape.
In addition, procyanidins will become an indispensable companion of allergies. Active substances eliminate the symptoms of seasonal fever and stop the reaction to dust, animal hair, food, insect bites.
Pycnogenol will help even with problems with the heart and blood vessels. The tool is prescribed to improve blood circulation, restore the filling of capillaries in the limbs and retina.
It is very useful to take pycnogenol during menopause. In the course of a clinical trial, it was found that daily use of the supplement markedly reduces the severity of the main symptoms of an unpleasant condition — vaginal dryness, extinction of libido, irregular periods, mental instability, night sweats, hot flashes.
Proved the fact of improving immunity in the use of dietary supplements with pycnogenol extract. These supplements are recognized in sports nutrition. With their help, the processes of fat metabolism are launched. People who use capsules before workouts are much easier and faster to get rid of excess fat deposits.
The use of pycnogenol is advisable not only when it is already necessary to solve health problems. It is appropriate to use as a preventive measure.
Pycnogenol is a component of many creams and other anti-aging cosmetics. It does not allow free radicals to destructively act on the main components, on which the elasticity of the epidermis depends - collagen and elastin. Thus, the youth of the skin is preserved.
The huge benefits of pycnogenol are obvious. It is a powerful antioxidant, fat burner, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic agent, auxiliary substance for venous insufficiency.
The main results of pycnogenol studies, which were submitted to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), are formulated as follows (source inholtra.ru):
1. Pycnogenol improves the function of the circulatory system due to three main effects:
- neutralization of free radicals in the blood and tissues;
- suppression of the formation of free radicals;
- strengthening the walls of blood vessels.
2. Pycnogenol improves blood circulation in both large and tiny vessels - capillaries that provide microcirculation.
3. Pycnogenol, improving blood circulation, has a positive effect on all organs and systems of the body, the state of which directly depends on adequate blood circulation.
4. Pycnogenol neutralizes proteolytic enzymes, such as elastase and collagenase, which cause the destruction of the connective tissue of the skin, joints, blood vessels, etc.
Is pycnogenol safe?
Absolutely safe. Pycnogenol is one of the most thoroughly tested nutraceuticals. Numerous tests have confirmed the purity and safety of pycnogenol. Pycnogenol is non-toxic, non-mutagenic and non-carcinogenic.