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What is pycnogenol?

April 18, 2015 (Updated: August 16, 2018)
Lily Moran

Pycnogenol might be one of the most exciting compounds in the natural health world right now. Discovered more than 40 years ago, pycnogenol has been the subject of more than 300 publications.

An extract of the French Maritime pine, pycnogenol is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compound with an impressive array of health benefits that continues to grow—astonishing doctors, scientists, researchers and patients.

What are the uses and benefits of pycnogenol?

Among its more exciting benefits, pycnogenol shows tremendous promise for preventing and even reversing heart disease. Its antioxidant powers help protect and repair arteries, and it’s been shown to halt and reverse plaque build-up measured in both leg and neck arteries.

Pycnogenol can also help relax arteries and prevent blood clots – key factors for maintaining healthy blood pressure and circulation.

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Metabolic syndrome and diabetes are another realm where pycnogenol is showing exciting developments. In one six month study, this versatile compound helped lower blood pressure, triglycerides and fasting glucose levels, while boosting HDL cholesterol. What’s more, study subjects lost an average of three inches around their waist!

Pycnogenol has been shown to improve skin elasticity (both topically and as a supplement), reduce inflammation, relieve cramps and muscle pain, even help reduce symptoms of tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

What is the correct dosage of pycnogenol?

Experts recommend 50 – 150 milligrams, up to three times daily, depending on the desired benefits. And while there are no known side effects of Pycnogenol, it’s always best to work with your doctor before starting any new supplement regimen.

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