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Pycnogenol - The Amazing Protector Nutrient

By Rosa parks

Pycnogenol - The Amazing Protector Nutrient

Pycnogenol is known to help lower blood pressure. Pycnogenol is made from the bark of a white pine containing powerful antioxidants useful for the strengthening of blood capillaries. Research confirms that pycnogenol is 50 times more powerful than Vitamin E in its antioxidant properties and 20 times more powerful than Vitamin C. Pycnogenol in particular has been found to be exceptionally useful for fighting against capillary fragility and varicose veins, diabetic retinopathy, swollen legs and other inflammatory conditions in veins and capillaries.

How does it work?

Like Vitamins C and E, Pycnogenol (pronounced Pick-nah-geh-nol), is a trade name for proanthocyanidin, a special family of bioflavanoids, plus 40 other biologically beneficial components. It is a powerful antioxidant which neutralizes unstable or radical oxygen molecules that attack the body's cells.

When these free radical molecules go unchecked, they degrade the tissue-strengthening collagen within the body's joints, skin and organs. Free radicals reprogram DNA and are implicated in more than 60 diseases. In addition, aging, inflammation of the muscles, joints and other tissues, plus improper functioning of the circulatory system, nervous system (including brain cells) and immune system, often result from free radical damage.

Pycnogenol furnishes the human body with excellent antioxidant nutritional support for a variety of body repairs. It furnishes capillary resistance against fragility and rupture; consequently, Pycnogenol is useful to prevent diseased blood vessels associated with varicose veins, peripheral hemorrhage, diabetic retinopathy, and high blood pressure. Such capillary resistance adds up nearly three fold over the effects in those patients who normally are prescribed other types of nutrient flavonoid for repair of their damaged capillaries. 

The Benefits of Pycnogenol

Pycnogenol and  Antioxidants - Your body naturally protects itself against pollutants by forming antioxidants. The most common antioxidants are vitamins A, C, and E; beta carotene; and selenium. Unfortunately, the continual bombardment of stress, environmental pollution, and the popular practice of food industrialization and food conversion processes destroy antioxidants, allowing the body to be more susceptible to disease and ill health. Consequently, the body has an extremely difficult time producing enough antioxidants to combat the contaminants.

Pycnogenol and Circulatory System - Pycnogenol offers support to the circulatory system by neutralising free radicals in the blood stream, preventing radical build up and promoting the integrity of the vessel walls. It is also able to support circulation in the extremities and in the capillaries that feed the eyes.

Pycnogenol and Joint Protection - Pycnogenol is able to inhibit certain proteolytic enzymes such as collagenase and elastase, which degrade the collagen and elastin in connective tissue, giving rise to such conditions as joint degeneration.

Pycnogenol and Tissue & Organ Protection - Pycnogenol plays an important role in the support of the blood vessels as described earlier, and as a consequence of this it helps to support tissues and organs throughout the body that rely on adequate blood flow.

Pycnogenol and Allergy - Pycnogenol inhibits the formulation of histamine, which is responsible for causing allergic reactions. Pycnogenol is unique because it also alleviates hay fever and other allergies, and strengthens capillaries to reduce edema, bruising, and varicose veins. Together, these actions of Pycnogenol make it one of the most important nutrients.

Pycnogenol and Skin Health - Pycnogenol improves skin elasticity and smoothness during the ageing process, as well as protecting the skin against the harmful effects of the sun. It has also been shown to be beneficial in cases of psoriasis.

Pycnogenol and Brain Function - Pycnogenol is important to brain function, not only because it protects blood vessels, but also because some of its bioflavonoids readily cross the blood-brain barrier to directly protect brain cells. Brain cells need a lot of oxygen. (It is amazing how much oxygen this organ consumes!) Blood supplies the brain with oxygen, but since brain cells are very sensitive to some compounds that normally circulate in the blood even though those compounds may not damage other cells in the body or may even be needed by other cells -- the brain filters out as many nonessential compounds as it can. This is accomplished by the so-called blood-brain-barrier.

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