Pine Bark Extract (Pycnogenol) Reduces Wrinkles in Women

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2012-01-25 13:44

If you wish there were a magic remedy that would eliminate all your wrinkles and fight the signs of aging, you're not alone. Although no such remedy has been found, a new study does show that pine bark extract (Pycnogenol®) may reduce skin wrinkles and increase skin smoothness, along with other skin benefits.

How to fight wrinkles from the inside out

As people age, the skin experiences a natural breakdown of elastin, a protein in the skin that provides elasticity; and collagen, which works in sync with elastin to provide strength and firmness to the skin.

In this new study, 20 healthy women aged 55 to 68 years were given 75 mg of Pycnogenol to take daily for 12 weeks. Pycnogenol is a trademark name for a supplement derived from the pine bark of the Pinus pinaster tree.

Pine bark extract has been credited with boosting brain function and aiding in the management of hay fever, poor circulation, pain, diabetes, and menopausal symptoms, benefits that may be attributed to the presence of phytonutrients that include procyanidins, bioflavonoids,and organic acids.

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In this study, Pycnogenol’s anti-wrinkle potential was explored. The authors evaluated and noted skin hydration, skin elasticity, and skin fatigue at baseline and after six and 12 weeks of the study. They also collected biopsy samples at baseline and after 12 weeks of taking Pycnogenol to evaluate the expression of the genes HAS-1 (involved with tissue health), COL1A1 and COL1A2 (genes that provide instructions for making collagen 1 and 2).

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Comments

Would pycnogel help osteoarthritis also, since it stimulates hyaluronic acid production?
I have very bad hive all over my body,how can i order pycnogenol
Amazon is always a good source as well as pinebark.com.
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Good question. A study of pycnogenol in people with osteoarthritis of the knee found that the supplement significantly reduced C reactive protein and fibrinogen levels, resulting in a reduction in inflammation. No mention of hyaluronic acid in that study, however there does seem to be some benefit from using the supplement for osteoarthritis.

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