Maritime Pine Bark Extract is used at McDowells Herbal in our formulas to support a wide range of illnesses. It has been used for hundreds of years and works synergistically as a potent antioxidant along with Vitamins C and E, to support cardiovascular health.
BENEFIT 1 - A powerful antioxidant Maritime Pine Bark is a natural antioxidant. It is an excellent source of flavonoids and has anti-inflammatory properties that work to protect the body from harmful free radicals, helps boost the immune system and strengthens blood vessel walls and capillaries. This specialist antioxidant is nearly 25 times more powerful than Vitamin C! It also boosts how the body uses Vitamin C.
BENEFIT 2 - Fight off a common cold Maritime Pine Bark was able to reduce the duration (i.e. the number of days) and severity (i.e. the intensity of the symptoms you experience) of colds in a study. Lost working days were significantly decreased in the group that was supplementing and 'significantly reduced the number of complications'. They also showed that there was less need to use other compounds whilst using the Maritime Pine Bark.
BENEFIT 3 - Balance blood sugars Maritime Pine Bark showed that it could reduce high blood sugar and help with pre-diabetes, or diabetes. Participants in the tests found improvement in blood sugar control when pine bark extract was combined with diabetic medications. In the studies the insulin levels didn't change, but glucose levels were reduced.
BENEFIT 4 - Improve cognitive function There’s evidence that Maritime Pine Bark may be a promising nootropic for various groups of people, including middle-aged professionals, students, and people with mild cognitive decline like brain fog. A clinical trial of 60 health professionals found that Maritime Pine Bark extract (150 mg/day) improved cognitive function. This included attention levels, alertness and performance. Research also showed sustained attention, memory, executive functions, mood, and reduce oxidative stress.
BENEFIT 5 - Reduce Allergies In studies where the participants took Maritime Pine Bark for at least 5 weeks prior to flu season, it was shown to reduce hay fever symptoms. In another clinical trial of 76 people with allergic asthma, the extract may reduce symptom scores and circulating leukotrienes are reduced and lung function was improved.
BENEFIT 6 - Improve exercise and physical performance Pine bark extract has a significant impact on nitric oxide (NO) levels in the body, which are responsible for vasodilation and improving blood flow. It also showed promising result to decrease free radicals in the body after exercise (which cause muscle fatigue and damage). It also reduced muscle cramps and pain.
References Pharmaceutical and nutraceutical effects of Pinus pinaster bark extract - S. Iravani and B. Zolfaghari, PhD https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3203267/ A review of the French maritime pine bark extract (Pycnogenol), a herbal medication with a diverse clinical pharmacology. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11996210 Pine bark extract is a potent antioxidant, and may help boost the effects of vitamin C and other antioxidants, http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/98legacy/02_05_98a.html 7 Health Benefits of Maritime Pine Bark htps://www.naturesfare.com/health/7-health-benefits-pine-bark-extract/ Pycnogenol improves cognitive function, attention, mental performance and specific professional skills in healthy professionals aged 35-55 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24675223 Improvement of common cold with Pycnogenol®: a Winter registry study https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24675223
10 drops twice daily is the normal dose as a supplement.
To Be Taken Orally
McDowell's staff Herbalists can not diagnose you or your companions disease or illness. What they can do is offer a herbal program to assist with healing, after you have had advice from your doctor or specialist. If you have unexplained pain or symptoms, seek medical advice.