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Viridian Pycnogenol 50mg 30caps

Pycnogenol is a patented extract of pine bark from Maritime Pine trees grown in the South West region ofFrance. Pycnogenol has been shown to be 50 times more effective that vitamin E and 20 times more active than vitamin C as a free radical scavenger. Pycnogenol is one of the most extensively researched natural extracts. Easy-to-swallow micro Veg Caps.


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30 Caps

R 489.00


High Potency Pycnogenol 50mg Veg Caps 

INGREDIENTS: one vegetarian micro capsule provides:

Pycnogenol 50mg

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) 100mg


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Pine Bark Extract (Pycnogenol)

Pine bark is a rich source of the plant flavonoids PROANTHOCYANIDINS (OPCs).  The OPCs are the pigment materials which give flavour, colour and aroma to many plants and fruits.  The beneficial effects of pine bark were discovered in 1534 when sailors suffering from scurvy, survived by drinking tea made from the bark and needles of pine trees.  Masquelier patented the method of extracting OPCs from pine bark inFrancein 1951. 

OPCs have been marketed inFrancefor decades where they have been shown to improve retinopathies, venous insufficiency, and vascular fragility. Pine bark extract typical contain from 80-85% OPCs.

Pycnogenol is a patented form of pine bark extract, sourced exclusively in the region of South West France betweenBordeauxandBiarritz. It is one of the world’s most researched nutrients with more than 200 published studies.

COLLAGEN PROTECTION – OPCs effectively protect collagen structures in several ways.  They reinforce the collagen matrix of connective tissue, protect against free radical damage, and inhibit collagen damage caused by inflammation and infection.   OPCs have been shown to be effective in cases of psoriasis and the hyper-pigmentation disorder melasma (chloasma).

ANTIOXIDANT ACTIVITY – OPCs protect against free-radical damage, suggested to be a major cause of the ageing process.  The antioxidant effect is 50 times greater than that of vitamin C and E.  A major advantage of these molecules is that they are taken up into the cell membranes and protect against both water- and fat soluble free-radicals.

VENOUS SUPPORT – Good clinical evidence has shown OPCs to be effective in treating venous insufficiency, varicose veins, capillary fragility, and disorders of the retina.  OPCs appear to improve blood circulation through collagen support and nitric oxide (NO) production.

VISUAL FUNCTION – Studies in healthy volunteers has shown that an intake of 200mg/day of OPCs significantly improved visual performance in dark and after glare tests.  A number of European studies have shown that OPCs from pine bark, greatly improved symptoms in patients with retinopathies, maculopathies, and other visual dysfunctions.

CARDIO-PROTECTIVE – OPCs protect fat and cholesterol from oxidation, thus reducing arterial damage leading to heart disease.  OPCs have also been shown to lower cholesterol levels, shrink the deposits in the arteries, inhibit platelet aggregation, and inhibit angiotensin 1-converting enzyme (ACE) – much the same effect as ACE inhibitor drugs used in blood pressure regulation.  Data suggests thatOPC supplementation is effective in reducing systolic blood pressure in mildly hypertensive patients.


1. Antioxidants improve sperm mobility and motility.

2. OPCs stimulate NITRIC OXIDE production in the arteries – an essential process needed for healthy male penile erection.  The drug VIAGRA works in the same way through increasing nitric oxide.  For optimum effects, OPCs along with ARGININE is suggested in cases of erectile dysfunction.

3. An intake of 200mg of OPCs has been shown to improve healthy sperm by 100% in 90 days.

4. Studies using 60mg OPCs have shown up to 80% improvements in pain reduction in those with endometriosis, period pain, and post-operative gynaecological surgery.

BRAIN FUNCTION – As well as their potent antioxidant effects, OPCs help maintain neurotransmitters functioning longer and improve the micro-circulation in the brain.  The increase in NITRIC OXIDE may also improve learning ability and memory through its effects as a neurotransmitter.  Early evidence suggests that OPCs are effective in Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD).  These positive results are due to the effects of increased neurotransmitter lifespan, NO production, and improved brain micro-circulation.


A randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study involving 60 subjects, aged 6-18 years old, was conducted over a period of 3 months to determine the effect of Pycnogenol on mild-to-moderate asthma. Compared with subjects taking placebo, the group who took Pycnogenol had significantly more improvement in pulmonary functions and asthma symptoms. The Pycnogenol group was able to reduce or discontinue their use of rescue inhalers more often than the placebo group. There was also a significant reduction of urinary leukotrienes in the Pycnogenol group. The results of this study demonstrate the efficacy of Pycnogenol as an adjunct in the management of mild-to-moderate childhood asthma.



It is suggested that 25-100mg OPCs will provide synergy for general antioxidant protection. Therapeutic levels are in the range of 0.5 – 1.0mg per pound of body weight.  Best taken in divided doses.


Potential applications

Skin health / sun protection (reduces inflammation of UV exposed skin), wound healing, economy class syndrome / long car journeys, varicose veins, eye health- cataracts, retinopathy, capillary fragility, micro-vascular disorders, oedema, allergies, hypertension, atherosclerosis, elevated cholesterol, arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, ADD/ADHD, anti-mutagenic (DNAprotective).


Known contraindications

None known.



Consult a physician if already using anti-coagulant medication (e.g. warfarin).


Useful links

Skin protection – Flax/hemp seed oil, antioxidant complex, beta carotene

Varicose veins – Horse chestnut, ginkgo biloba, flax seed oil, ester- C

Cardiovascular health – Co Q10, hawthorn, flax seed oil, antioxidant complex

Male/Female libido – ‘High-five’ multi-vit/min, rhodiola / schisandra, ginkgo biloba



Zhigang Ni ( R & D Dept. Manager) et al. The treatment of Melasma by oral administration of Pycnogenol® Beijing PHT Nutriment Science technology Development Co. Ltd. Xiyuan Hospital of China Academy of traditional Chinese Medicine, Institute of Food Safety Control and Inspection, Ministry of Public Health, Beijing, P. R. China

Textbook of Natural Medicine. 2nd Edition – 1999.  J.E Pizzorno. M.T Murray

Richard. A. Passwater. 2001.  Pycnogenol forSuperiorHealth                                                                                            

Lau BH, Riesen SK, Truong KP, Lau EW, Rohdewald P, Barreta RA. Journal of Asthma 2004;41(8):825-32. Pycnogenol as an adjunct in the management of childhood asthma.