Tru-OPC's, Dried Grape Seed Extract
Pycnogenol is comprised of specific procyanidins from the bark of a French maritime pine tree. The two procyanidins being epicatechin and catechin, are a specific type of flavonoid. Procyanidins can also be found in cocoa, chocolate, grape seed, apples, peanuts, almonds, cranberries and blueberries. Pycnogenol is known for antioxidant activity although it also demonstrates anti-inflammatory abilities. Pycnogenol can track down and fight off superoxide radical anions, hydroxyl radicals, lipid peroxyl radicals, peroxynitrite radicals, and singlet oxygen. There has also been evidence of protection from oxidation to the low-density lipoprotein, or LDL.
Pycnogenol may interfere with the use of immunosuppressants due to its immunostimulating activities.
At the time, pycnogenol has no reported side effects.
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