While Pine bark is mostly known for it’s antioxidant properties, it is beneficial for a lot more of health issues. It has anti viral, anti carcinogenic, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties. Pine bark extract can help decrease muscle soreness and may help treat conditions like poor circulation, high BP, ADHD, osteoarthritis, diabetes, etc.

Some of such unexplored effects of Pine Bark as listed below:

1. Reduces glucose levels and diabetic symptomsglucose checkup

Many studies have been conducted with Pine Bark in association with it’s effect on Diabetes. A study conducted by the Guang An Men Hospital of Chinese Medical Science Research Institute with 77 diabetes type II patients determined that the extract of the French Maritime pine bark provided anti-diabetic effects.

2. Prevents hearing losswoman wants to hear something

Ototoxicity is a kind of ear poisoning which can occur when the ear is exposed to some drugs or chemicals, like cisplatin, which damage the inner ear or the vestibulocochlear nerve. This nerve affects our hearing ability by sending out signals to the brain. Pine Bark helps in this condition due to it’s high constituency of antioxidants.

3. Wards off Infectionshand wash protecting from germs

Pseudomonas infectious wounds occur frequently in hospitals/clinics in people who already have a weakened immune system, like those who just had surgery. Healthy people are also not immune as they can still catch mild infections after contact with improperly chlorinated pools and tubs. A study published in Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences, the antibacterial activity  of pine bark extract essential oil was investigated on staph infections, E. coli and pseudomonas infections. The assessment indicated that the essential oil of pine bark was effective against P. aeruginosa, significantly inhibiting its growth. Additionally, the outcomes demonstrated that the extract has significant “anti- pseudomonas activity,”. Hence, it is concluded as a potential naturally available cure and preventive remedy for infections.

4. Protects skin from UV raysa woman is playing with her son at beach side

With the depleting ozone layer, there has been a lot of increase in cases of skin cancers. The exposure to sun’s UV rays for long periods of time is a major risk factor. A review that was conducted of French maritime pine bark extract, particularly using the nutritional supplement Pycnogenol, provided clear evidence that Pycnogenol does, indeed, offer photoprotection. However additional findings showed that it is also effective in reducing hyperpigmentation of human skin while improving the “skin barrier function and extracellular matrix homeostasis.”

5. Prevents Erectile Dysfunctiona man is upset

Yes, you read that right. There is infact a natural remedy for Erectile Dysfunction and all impotence related issues. Various medicines would claim guaranteed results but often they don’t work, and if they do, they cause side effects. Therefore going for the natural approach is safer and much better in terms of results.health. According to a Japanese study, the combination of Pycnogenol and L-arginine may reduce this problem, making the bedroom a much happier place. Forty-seven Japanese men with mild erectile dysfunction were given supplementation L-arginine and French maritime pine bark extract over a period of time. The studies revealed that the sperm concentration greatly increased after about 8 to 16 weeks of treatment, to include improved orgasmic function. No side effects were noted, unlike it’s synthetic counterpart.

6. Reduces Inflammationknee is inflamated

Pine bark extract works wonders when it comes to anti oxidant function. These anti oxidants fight the free radicals that can cause untimely ageing and other skin conditions. A study was conducted on respondents who recently underwent abdominal surgery. They were given Pycnogenol for 10 days. The results showed significant healing as compared to non participants who also underwent the same surgery. Thus we safely know that Pine Bark is a safe remedy for surgical lesions too.

7. Helps Athlete’s performancea man is doing workout

Pine bark extract reportedly increases endurance levels during athletic performance by increasing the time it takes the body to reach fatigued condition through NAD+ levels. It was studied in relation with exercise performance, oxidative stress and inflammation imposed by exertion. It was also found that athletes developed less cramps and muscle soreness when using the extract. So, it’s likely that the recovery time may have decreased which is good news for all athletes.

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