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Saturday, March 3, 2012

More On Pycnogenol For Diabetics

I thought I would list some additional information to my previous post on PYCNOGENOL. SEE TWO PREVIOUS POSTS BOTH DONE ON 7/11/2011 ON BENEFITS OF PYCNOGENOL. Again this extract from the French Pine tree bark of a tree known as "Pinus Pinaster". It has proved useful in treating:

  • Circulation disorders
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Lowering blood glucose in diabetics
  • High blood pressure
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Osteoarthritis
  • ADHD (attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder
  • Endometriousis in women
  • ED (Erectile dysfunction in Men)
  • Retinopathy - eye disease
AND OTHER ailments

It is relatively inexpensive and can be used in conjunction with L-arginine in treating circulation problems.

SEE the following links to learn more:

First one is from WEB MD and I find lots of useful information on their posts.


PYCNOGENOL Overview Information
Pycnogenol is the US registered trademark name for a product derived from the pine bark of a tree known as Pinus pinaster. The active ingredients in pycnogenol can also be extracted from other sources, including peanut skin, grape seed, and witch hazel bark.

Pycnogenol is used for treating circulation problems, allergies, asthma, ringing in the ears, high blood pressure, muscle soreness, pain, osteoarthritis, diabetes, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a disease of the female reproductive system called endometriosis, menopausal symptoms, painful menstrual periods, erectile dysfunction (ED), and an eye disease called retinopathy.

It is also used for preventing disorders of the heart and blood vessels, including stroke, heart disease, and varicose veins.

Pycnogenol is used to slow the aging process, maintain healthy skin, improve athletic endurance, and improve male fertility.
Some people use skin creams that contain pycnogenol as “anti-aging” products.

How does it work?

Pycnogenol contains substances that might improve blood flow. It might also stimulate the immune system and have antioxidant effects.

SECONDLY, here is an additional link on the benefits of Pycogenol for diabetes:

EXCERPT showing sources to purchase Pycnogenol and also specific benefits to diabetics in lowering blood pressure, and A1C glucose levels.

Pycnogenol (pic-noj-en-all) helped the people in the study in several ways. But what really grabbed my attention is that the average A1C of those participants who took Pycnogenol dropped 0.8 percent (those in the placebo arm -- the control group -- saw their A1C levels drop just 0.1 percent). Many of the oral medications that we take to control our blood glucose levels don't work as well as Pycnogenol.

Those people who took Pycnogenol in the study also got much better blood pressure results and lower LDL (bad) cholesterol numbers. The dose was 25 mg five times a day -- just a bit more than the 100 mg pill that I take once a day.
Of course, the current study isn't the first time that scientists have studied how Pycnogenol can help people with diabetes. The most relevant previous study also showed that Pycnogenol could bring down our blood glucose levels.

Pycnogenol is a standardized extract from the bark of the French maritime pine (Pinus maritima). It has significant antioxidant activity, primarily from phenolic compounds like catechin, epicatechin, and taxifolin and flavonoids like procyanidins.

One concern that I have with Pycnogenol is that it is a proprietary supplement. Horphag Research Ltd., an English company registered in the Channel Islands, is the exclusive distributor to the supplement companies that market Pycnogenol directly to us consumers. These supplement companies include Healthy Origins, GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, Solgar, Source Naturals, BioChem, and TwinLab. Still, proprietary formulas are exactly what all brands of our diabetes medications


IF you are a diabetic or just someone who would like to experience the benefits of supplementing with Pycnogenol, you may want to do additional research. When I am faced with taking a prescription drug or taking a natural product, I research BOTH and 99% of the time, will gravitate towards the natural product if it has a proven track record of results.

New American Standard Bible Genesis 1:29-31

29Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; 30and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so. 31God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

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