What if we told you that the best-kept wellness secret in France lie tucked away in the Les Landes de Gascogne forest? This area of southwestern France is the source of the star ingredient of our top-selling OPC-3®: Pycnogenol®! It comes with a laundry list of benefits but what is it and what are the benefits of Pycnogenol®? We’ve got your answers here.
What Is Pycnogenol?
Pycnogenol® (pic-NOJ-en-all) is the trade name for an extract of French maritime pine bark, a mono-species pine tree grown exclusively in the Les Landes de Gascogne forest of southwest France. This forest is unspoiled and natural with no pesticides or herbicides, and the bark is not subject to seasonal variations making it an ideal source!
What Makes Pycnogenol® Unique?
Aside from the unspoiled and natural source, the ingredient itself has some pretty amazing properties! The natural combination and constant proportions of procyanidins, bioflavonoids and organic acids create a unique blend of active compounds with three basic properties:
- Acts as a powerful antioxidant*
- selectively binds to collagen and elastin*
- and promotes the normal production of endothelial nitric oxide, which promotes the normal dilation of blood vessels*
It’s also a natural source of several antioxidants including proanthocyanidins which are also found in wine, grapes, apples, cocoa, tea, nuts, and some berries. But, most importantly, its science is unique! Pycnogenol is a scientific evidenced-based extract, which is protected by several U.S. and international patents.
What are the Benefits of Pycnogenol®?
We love this ingredient because if the incredibly wide range of health and wellness benefits it provides!* The unique properties of Pycnogenol® we mentioned above sets this ingredient apart from the rest by supporting multiple health benefits including skin, heart, vision, joint, and women’s health!*
In fact, more than 200 scientific articles and clinical trials have confirmed Pycnogenol’s safety, absence of toxicity and clinical efficacy over the past 35 years making it one of the most researched ingredients in the natural product marketplace! We’ve got plenty of research to back it up, and you can find more information on how it may help in these areas at the links below:
Of course, we love hearing our own Dr. Steven Lamm talk to us about how beneficial this ingredient is as well!
In short, Pycnogenol® is a powerful ingredient that offers a wide range of benefits! If you’re on a search for ways to improve your health + wellness, it just might be a good place to start. Just remember to ask your healthcare provider about any concerns before adding any supplement to your diet.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.