Ingredient Spotlight: Pycnogenol (French Maritime Pine)

Last Updated: April 29, 2019 | 2 minute read


Pycnogenol is one of the key ingredients in our revolutionary eye health formula MitoQ Eye. It supports normal eye fluid pressure, tear production and optimal capillary health in the eye.

The discovery of the healing properties of Pycnogenol dates back to 1535. French explorer Jacques Cartier and his crew were navigating the river waters around the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario in North America when the water froze, trapping their boat on the river for five months.

With no fresh supplies available, the crew became ill with scurvy and many of the men died. Jacques Cartier enlisted the help of the locals who taught Cartier and his crew to make tea from the bark and needles of the pine tree. The tea supplied a small amount of vitamin C and after drinking the tea (a few times a day), the men recovered within the fortnight. Upon further examination, it was found that the pine contained not only vitamin C but also bioflavonoids that have potent antioxidant activity.

Later, in 1947, Professor Jacques Masquelier patented the technique of extracting oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPC) from pine bark. He named the extract “Pycnogenol”.

The Pycnogenol we use here at MitoQ is extracted from the bark of the French Maritime Pine which grows along the coast of southwest France.  It contains a unique combination of bioactive natural molecules such as procyanidins, bioflavonoids and phenolic acids. These molecules offer a wide array of natural health benefits which relate directly to good eye health and vision support.

"Pycnogenol is a 1000:1 extract of French Maritime Pine bark, meaning that one dose of MitoQ Eye contains the equivalent bioactives of 40 grams of raw dried bark"

Pycnogenol has been shown to support normal healthy lipid metabolism and composition in the retina which is crucial to the normal functioning of the sensitive light-collecting rod and cone cells found there. This in turn supports normal visual acuity, color vision and general retinal health.

Pycnogenol also supports the healthy structure and function of the microscopic blood vessels found in the retina and other structures of the eye. Oxidative stress due to aging or impaired health can cause these capillaries to become fragile and more susceptible to leaking blood plasma onto the surface of the retina leading to progressive damage.

 


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