It has been used for centuries. As an example in 1534 french explorer Jacques Cartier and his crew are believed to have been healed back to health by the natives from scurvy, their wounds and other ailments. They drank tea made from the pine needles and other concoctions.
Pycnogenol is a blend of genetically programmed constant proportions of bioflavonoids including:
- Dimers of catechin, epicatechin and oligomeric procyanidnins and phenolic fruit acids such as ferulic and caffecic acids
SEE if this helps: (It contains 4 basic properties)
- Powerful antioxidant
- Contains natural ANTI-inflammatory properties
- Selectively binds to collagen and elastin
- Helps in production of endothelial nitric oxide which helps vasodilate blood vessels
LINK to bioflavonoids
Bioflavonoids are a group of polyphenolic molecules found in plants. These molecules are often associated with the bright yellow, orange and red pigments in flowers, fruits and leaves. Bioflavonoids have long been known to have beneficial effects on health, and are thought to act as protective antioxidants. Bioflavonoids are divided into six major classes based on chemical structure: flavonols, flavanones, flavones, isoflavones, flavanonols and anthocyanidins.
Reactive Oxygen Species
Free radicals, sometimes referred to as reactive oxygen species, or ROS, are naturally occurring molecules found in the environment and created in your body itself as byproducts of cellular metabolism. Free radicals are capable of causing damage because they disrupt the electrical forces that are necessary to maintain proper balance of fluids within and surrounding the cells of a tissue. Without proper fluid balance, cellular damage and death eventually occur. Bioflavonoids are thought to infer some of their health benefits by protecting cells and tissues from damage by reactive oxygen species.