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Pycnogenol® is the registered trademark of a natural plant extract derived
from French maritime pine bark - Pinus maritima.
Pycnogenol® may help a number of health conditions in two main ways, 1)
it is a powerful antioxidant and 2) actives in Pycnogenol® strengthen
tissue permeability. "Pycnogenol® can reduce risks of some cancers,
accelerated aging, and arthritis. It reduces bruising and severity of
sports injuries, reduces varicose veins, reduces risk of phlebitis,
improves red blood cell membrane flexibility; has dermatological
benefits including improving skin elasticity and smoothness, is helpful
in psoriasis, and protection against sun damage. Pycnogenol® can also be
helpful in hay fever. It reduces inflammation and can improve joint
flexibility; it can aid in diabetic retinopathy and prevent capillary
bleeding of the eye."