Pycnogenol, taken as a supplement in pill form, is 50 times more powerful than Vitamin E as an antioxidant. Taken from the bark of French Maritime pine trees, Pycnogenol is known for its wide array of health benefits. It can dramatically increase overall well being when introduced into a daily diet regimen. When taken regularly, it has been known to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels in the body. The antioxidants it contains help protect cells from free radicals and foreign toxins. It has anti-inflammatory properties that help restrict inflammation of the lungs and airways.
Pycnogenol has been known to improve the look and feel of your skin. It can tighten the skin by aiding in the renewal of collagen and protection for outside forces that are working to prematurely age the skin. It is also known to help relieve symptoms of psoriasis.
Pycnogenol is the US registered trademark name for a product derived from the pine bark of a tree known as Pinus pinaster. The active ingredients in pycnogenol can also be extracted from other sources, including peanut skin, grape seed, and witch hazel bark.
Pycnogenol is used for treating circulation problems, allergies, asthma, ringing in the ears, high blood pressure, muscle soreness, pain, osteoarthritis, diabetes, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a disease of the female reproductive system called endometriosis, menopausal symptoms, painful menstrual periods, erectile dysfunction (ED), and an eye disease called retinopathy.
It is also used for preventing disorders of the heart and blood vessels, including stroke, heart disease, and varicose veins.
Pycnogenol is used to slow the aging process, maintain healthy skin, improve athletic endurance, and improve male fertility.
Some people use skin creams that contain pycnogenol as “anti-aging” products. (WebMD)