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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Pycnogenol vs. Pine Bark Extract

Pycnogenol is a brand name made, according to the manufacturer, from "the bark of the maritime pine tree [Pinus pinaster] which grows exclusively along the coast of southwest France." Generic pine bark extract from China [Pinus massoniana] also has been show to demonstrate remarkable "antixoidant activity, superoxide anion radical scavenging and free radical scavenging activities."1

  1. Phytother Res. 2005 Jan;19(1):34-8. Potential biomedical properties of Pinus massoniana bark extract. Cui Y, Xie H, Wang J. Key Laboratory of Gene Engineering, Ministry of Education, Life Science Colleges, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong 510275, P.R. China. PMID: 15798999. (Accessed May 7, 2011.)

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