Pycnogenol (proanthocyanidins) is a product that has ingredients that originate from the pine bark of the Pinus pinaster tree, as well as peanut skins, witch hazel bark, pine needle and grape seeds. Their chemical compositions are a subgroup of the flavonoid class of polyphenols. Pycnogenol is thought to have health benefits and is thus used as a home remedy, natural medicine, homeopathic holistic medicine, naturopathic medicine, herbal dietary supplement, and alternative medicine.
Other names for pycnogenol include: Condensed Tannins, French Marine Pine Bark Extract, Maritime Bark Extract, Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins, PCO, OPC, Pine Bark Extract, and Procyanidin Oligomers.
Health Benefits of Pycnogenol
Pycnogenol is said to contain anti-oxidants in high levels. Pycnogenol may be considered an effective home remedy or natural medicine for cell health, cardiovascular health, and for controlling weight (as a weight loss supplement). Research is continually being done regarding the health benefits of Pycnogenol with regards to diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular conditions. As a homeopathic or naturopathic medicine, pycnogenol may also act as a kind of defense against environmental pollutants and act to reinforce the body’s metabolic systems. Pycnogenol may also have health benefits such as lowering blood fat and blood pressure levels, emolliated blood vessels, and preventing other blood disorders from occurring.
Pycnogenol have also been used as an herbal remedy or alternative medicine for diseases such as asthma, muscle pain and other pains, diabetes, endometriosis, menstrual problems, retinopathy, ADHD, osteoarthritis, and erectile dysfunction.
Pycnogenol may also have some health benefits as a homeopathic remedy or home remedy for varicose veins and other heart related illnesses. It has also been used as a natural anti-aging medicine. Some even use it in cream form as a homemade or natural anti-aging or anti-wrinkle formula.
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