An antioxidant drawn from the bark of the imperious French Pine tree. Containing similar compounds as those found in Green Tea, this free radical scavenging nutrient not only supports the blood vessels and promotes better circulation, it does it in a way that revitalises your skin.
There is a beautiful, unspoiled region in the west of France, just to the south of Bordeaux known as Les Landes de Gascogne. A stunning but protected area of pine forests and wetlands in the Aquitaine region, this National Park is home to some of the most untouched flora in Europe.
With absolutely no pesticides, herbicides or any other chemicals being used in the forest, there is a quiet and untapped source of purity to the region unlike anywhere else in Europe. And it was that very purity that inspired the creators of Pycnogenol to look a little deeper into the potential healing properties of the French Maritime Pine tree. Or perhaps more specifically, its bark.
Extracted from the bark of the mono-species Pine Trees which are cultivated exclusively in Les Landes de Gascogne, the most viable quality of Pycnogenol is born from the fact that its bark isn't subjected to any seasonal variations. This creates an endless and unchanging source of its most potent beneficial compounds. Compounds which other plants simply cannot offer in such unchanging abundance.
Using an all natural extraction process that is free from any toxic chemicals, Pycnogenol can help to combat external, environmental stresses all while supporting the collagen structures in your skin, joints and blood vessels.
With the trees in Les Landes de Gascogne dating back to the times of Napoleon III, there is an inherent sense of history and nobility in Swanson Pycnogenol. The trees are harvested every 30-50 years and according to French law, are immediately replaced with saplings.
So what makes it so special? Antioxidants. We all know that we need them and we all know that we get them from our diets but what do they do? Antioxidants combat rogue cells known as 'free radicals'; cells which act freely and without direction from our bodies. If left to their own devices, they can be incredibly harmful and even form the building blocks of major diseases.
Swanson Pycnogenol pine bark extract is a naturally derived formula boasting balanced proportions of bioflavonoids, catechins (the antioxidants found in green tea) and organic acids, all of which offer superior free radical scavenging properties.