Arborvitae – Pycnogenol & Its Synergistic Effect on Antioxidant Vitamins

This section of the site discusses the important role Arborvitae natural supplements can have as nutritional supplements.

For the past three decades, researchers have been investigating the role of antioxidants for the maintenance of good health as well as for the prevention and treatment of oxidative stress-induced diseases.

Pycnogenol® is the primary active ingredient in Arborvitae’s range of natural supplements.

Pycnogenol is commonly known as a super-strength antioxidant but its health benefits reach far beyond its antioxidant capabilities. The unique combination of procyanidins, bioflavonoids and organic acids offer extensive health benefits, which include cardiovascular and circulatory health, anti-inflammatory, skin care and antiaging, diabetes care, venous health and menstrual disorders.

Advanced scientific research on Pycnogenol has intrigued researchers and chemists alike for the past 40 years. With over 280 scientific publications to date on this super antioxidant, each new study further reinforces the validity of Pycnogenol’s versatile health benefits and yields new and exciting breakthroughs in alternative therapies that could potentially improve the quality of life for many people.

What is an Antioxidant?

Antioxidants are compounds that scavenge and neutralise free radicals. Free radicals are highly destructive chemicals that damage cells and contribute to many diseases, ranging from stroke and heart attacks to degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Free radicals even contribute to aging.

Pycnogenol as a ‘super antioxidant’

Pycnogenol is regarded as a ‘super antioxidant’. This is because in addition to it’s standalone antioxidant benefits, it also works to improve the effectiveness of other antioxidants, such as Vitamin C and Vitamin E. The primary role it plays is to help other antioxidants stay in the body longer and hence increase their effectiveness.

This role as a super antioxidant means Arborvitae’s natural supplement formulations can also be used as a nutritional supplement to improve your bodies’ uptake and use of key vitamins and other antioxidants.

Whilst many nutritional supplements have little scientific basis to them and suffer from being fads, Pycnogenol has been studied in laboratory and clinical trials for over 40 years, resulting in the publication of over 280 scientific papers. Click here to view a bibliography of research supporting Arborvitae’s primary active ingredient Pycnogenol and its health & nutrition benefits.

Pycnogenol’s History with Vitamin C

During the winter of 1535, French explorer Jacque Cartier became stranded in the middle of the ice-bound St. Lawrence River. There, his crew fell victim to scurvy, caused by severe vitamin C deficiency. Friendly Quebec Indians recommended they drink tea made from the bark of native pine trees. Miraculously, the crew was cured within a week. Cartier later wrote about his experience in a book called Voyages au Canada.

Approximately 400 years later, Professor Jacques Masquelier read Cartier’s book and wondered how the bark from this tree, which has little vitamin C, could cure scurvy. He theorized that pine bark must contain flavonoids that enhance the effect of tiny amounts of vitamin C. Masquelier eventually proved his theory and discovered that this particular species of pine bark contained substances, commonly known today as pycnogenols. This study confirms his earlier findings.


How Arborvitae & Pycnogenol Improve the Effectiveness of Certain Nutritional Supplements

Below is a summary of research explaining how Pycnogenol can work as an important nutritional supplement.

Pine bark extract is a potent antioxidant, and may help boost the effects of vitamin C and other antioxidants, UC Berkeley scientists report.  News release, University of California, Berkeley 1998


Key points:

  • Antioxidants are chemicals that deactivate free radicals — highly destructive chemicals that damage cells and contribute to many diseases.
  • Pycnogenol is among the most potent antioxidants.
  • Pycnogenol extends the lifetime of vitamin C in the body, prolonging its beneficial effects as an antioxidant.
  • Pycnogenol was the most potent of the natural substances tested in extending the lifetime of the vitamin C.
  • Pycnogenol is a good supplement to take along with vitamins C and E, and lipoic acid.


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