Benefits of pine bark extract.

Written by Lee Stevenson, sorry I am a lousy editor.

This is not medical advice I wrote this for education purposes. If you are ill please seek the aid of a qualified and experienced functional medicine practitioner.

Pine bark extract (pinus pinaster)

French maritime pine bark is usually used but most pines have a very similar chemistry. But pinus pinaster seems to have the most proanthocyanidins (OPC). OPCs are some of the most potent phytochemicals for healing. They are also found in sweet peppers and grape seed extract. There are many types of OPCs but the ones found in pine bark extract, grape seed extract and green peppers are the most potent. OPCs improve red blood cell function. OPCs have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Because of that it is neuroprotective and helps to prevent brain injury. Pine bark is effective against many types of bacteria especially those that cause meningitis. Pine bark extract also prevents allergies by inhibiting the release of histamines by mast cells.. If taken with other antioxidants it amplifies their effects. It reduces swelling in varicose veins and improves circulation. It is cardioprotective and increases nitric oxide levels. Pine bark extract prevents excess blood clotting. It reduces joint pain. It prevents muscle spasms and has been shown to reduce menstrual pain. It reduces the symptoms of ADHD. It has been found to inhibit HIV. Pine bark extract improves lung health even in smokers. It along with other supplements increases endurance.

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