Another antioxidant, Pycnogenol (pronounced pick-nah-geh-nol) is a patented formulation of nutrient-packed bioflavonoids extracted from the bark of French pine trees. It offers protection to the endothelial cells which line the heart and blood vessels from free radical damage. Flavonoids—vitamin-like compounds naturally found in fruits (especially citrus), vegetables, seeds, nuts, grains, soybeans, cocoa, tea, and wine—help thwart a host of health ravagers, including viruses, cancer, toxic substances, and heart disease.
Water-soluble, Pycnogenol is readily absorbed in the body and performs a particularly remarkable function by prolonging the quantity of vitamin C in the body. Recent research at the University of California saturated. But at the higher dose, less vitamin C was absorbed from the intestines and more was eliminated in the urine. Also, the urine contained oxalate and urate, two breakdown products of vitamin C that contribute to the formation of kidney stones. at Berkeley has shown that Pycnogenol can have a positive effect on nitric oxide regulation as well. It’s nitric oxide that is so critical for the dilation of penile blood vessels at the time of erection.
In addition to aiding the body in neutralizing free radicals, Pycnogenol also decreases blood pressure by inhibiting the formation of angiotensin, a substance in the blood that constricts vessels. Animal studies with Pycnogenol in Hungary have reported a pronounced decrease in both systolic and diastolic blood pressures. And new research is beginning to show that it may assist in lowering blood pressure without ED-producing side effects common to many antihypertensive drugs.
To receive maximum benefits, I strongly recommend Pycnogenol as part of your preventive antioxidant program. For my patients, I prescribe a two-phase schedule: the first part is the saturation phase, the second is the maintenance phase. To begin, the saturation dose schedule is followed for ten days. During that time, Pycnogenol is taken twice daily with meals. The most effective dosage is 1.5 milligrams per pound of body weight daily. For example, a person weighing 140 pounds would take 210 milligrams every day. Then, during the maintenance stage, the dosage is halved. This is the amount necessary to ensure continued maximum effectiveness. The new amount is also taken twice a day with meals.