It's in the news, you've seen it on social media and you've probably heard friends or family talking about this incredible nutrient. The funny thing is, Pycnogenol has been around for decades, but it hasn't been until very recently that it's started to become incredibly popular for its anti-aging properties. So what is it, what can it do for you and how do you take it?

First things first, how do you say "Pycnogenol"? Easy: Pic-nog-in-all.

In a nutshell, Pycnogenol is a powerful antioxidant that helps to neutralize a broad range of free radicals. Aside from anti-aging and skin health properties, Pycnogenol is known for its many wonderful health benefits, such as aiding in circulation problems, allergies, asthma, high blood pressure, diabetes, ADHD, erectile dysfunction and endometriosis.

Pycnogenol for Skin Health

  • Significantly increases skin elasticity and smoothness
  • Binds collagen and elastin in the skin to prevent wrinkles and sagging
  • Helps prevent sunburn, UV damage and aging skin
  • Lightens over-pigmented skin or dark spots 
  • Enhances circulation and nitric oxide in the body
  • Recycles other powerful antioxidants such as vitamins C and E
  • Offer anti-inflammatory effects caused by sun damage

Pycnogenol for Heart Health

A recent study discovered that Pycnogenol may significantly reduce platelet aggregation, which could possibly reduce the risk of developing blood clots, heart attack and strokes. Additionally, because Pycnogenol enhances the production of nitric oxide, it helps keep your arteries open and relaxed, which is essential for maintaining healthy blood pressure and circulation.

Pycnogenol for Immune Health

Knocking out the common cold and improving allergy symptoms are two huge benefits that Pycnogenol offers by way of its anti-inflammatory properties. In recent studies, colds were shortened by 3 days and asthma symptoms reduced dramatically, especially in children.

Pycnogenol for Eye Health

This incredible antioxidant helps to strengthen the capillaries in the retina and has even been shown to halt the progression of vision loss in those who suffer from diabetic retinopathy. 

How do I take it? Take 1 capsule 1-3 times daily, or as recommended by your healthcare provider.

Have you tried Pycnogenol? How have you benefited from taking this ultra-protective, inflammation-fighting antioxidant? Tell us in the comments section below.