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Pycnogenol (pronounced pick-nah-geh-nol) is a complex of powerful antioxidant nutrients that are patented for use to scavenge free radicals. The derivation of the name "Pycnogenol" has to do with the fact that many complex compounds are formed from simple units. Translated, this means that this specific mixture of nutrients can help you live better longer, stay healthier and appear more youthful.

Pycnogenol can help protect you from approximately eighty diseases, including: heart disease, cancer, arthritis, and most other non-germ diseases that are linked to the deleterious chemical action of free radicals. During the past 40 years, the pace of scientific study of the aging process has accelerated and now the free-radical theory of aging is well-supported with numerous studies.

During the past five years, these confirming studies have become well known not just to the biochemists doing the basic research, but even to practicing nutritionists and physicians. It is now well-established that antioxidant nutrients protect the body's cells from attack by very reactive chemicals called free radicals. These free radicals form during normal metabolism and are multiplied by environmental pollutants and radiation.

As scientists study the ways in which antioxidant nutrients protect the body from these harmful reactions that speed the aging process, cause cancer, heart disease and many other diseases, we strive to find better and better antioxidants. Nature has supplied us with the best antioxidants, and to our delight, we find that some of the most effective antioxidants are in Pycnogenol. The antioxidants of Pycnogenol, along with other antioxidant nutrients, provide outstanding protection. Besides being a powerful antioxidant in its own right, Pycnogenol also protects the antioxidant vitamin C.

In addition to its antioxidant protection that slows the damage associated with aging, Pycnogenol restores elasticity and smoothness to skin via its influence on skin protein formation. What is even more exciting, is that Pycnogenol is more than a powerful antioxidant. It nourishes blood cells, blood vessels and the skin. Pycnogenol is unique because it also alleviates hay fever and other allergies, and strengthens capillaries to reduce edema, bruising, and varicose veins.

Health Benefits. Of Pycnogenol

Reduces risk of:

Heart disease

Cancer

Accelerated aging

Arthritis

Oxidative stress and more than 70 other radical-related diseases

Strengthens blood vessels

Maintains proper capillary permeability

Reduces capillary fragility

Reduces bruising

Strengthens capillaries, veins and arteries

Reduces the severity of sports injuries

Reduces varicose veins

Reduces edema and swelling of the legs

Treats chronic venous insufficiency

Reduces the risk of phlebitis

Red blood cells

Improves red-blood-cell membrane flexibility

Skin health

Improves skin elasticity

Improves skin smoothness

Effective against psoriasis

Protects against sun damage

Allergies

Very effective against hay fever

Inflammation

Fights inflammation

Improves joint flexibility

Reduces the pain due to swollen joints

Reduces diabetic retinopathy

Immune system

Enhances immune response

Reduces frequency and severity of colds

Ophthalmology

Reduces retinopathies

Help prevent capillary bleeding, floaters

Gastrointestinal

Acts against stomach ulcers and inflammation


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