Uses in the body: pycnogenol is a herbal extract obtained primarily from pine bark. One of its main ingredients is proanthocyanidin, which has a similar structure to bioflavonoids and is a powerful antioxidant. As such it helps to mop up harmful free radicals in the body. It’s an immune-system booster and helps to strengthen blood vessel walls and capillaries. It has an especially beneficial effect on lung tissue.
Therapeutic uses: recommended for people with respiratory problems, such as asthma and bronchitis, poor circulation, menstrual cramps, haemorrhoids and hypertension. As it also protects collagen, it can be used to hinder the onset of wrinkles and maintain skin elasticity.
Normal dosage: 20mg to 40mg a day, taken with food.
Contraindications: not to be taken by pregnant women or children.