Pine bark extract comes from the bark of the maritime Pine tree. It has been used for over 4,000 years for its medicinal purposes.
Pine Bark Extract Health Benefits:
- PBE has a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds that protect cells from harmful molecules called free radicals.It has been shown that PBE is a more powerful antioxidant and free radical scavenger than either vitamin C or vitamin E.
- PBE supports collagen and elastin formation of the skin and connective tissues.
- PBE is a natural treatment for asthma in both children and adults.
- PBE has been shown to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and increase HDL (good) cholesterol.
- PBE is beneficial for Pregnancy symptoms like low back pain, pelvic pain, and pain due to varicose veins.
- PBE can help protect the skin from ultraviolet light exposure, such as that from the sun. It also increases microcirculation to the skin; it is therefore beneficial in improving the condition of the skin. It is also believed to help the skin pigments and other skin related diseases such as melasma.
- PBE improved tolerance to chemotherapy in cancer patients.
- PBE has been shown to be useful for allergy control.
- PBE can help support circulation in your hands, feet, and small eye capillaries.
- PBE is effective at reducing muscle pain and cramps in athletes.
- PBE was found to significantly improve chronic venous insufficiency. The disease is a result of weak valves which force excessive blood to collect in the veins of your leg. Chronic venous insufficiency may lead to heaviness in legs and constant itching.
- PBE can enhance the production of nitric oxide which in turn can treat erectile dysfunctions.
- PBE helps promote the delivery of energy and oxygen to body cells and prolongs the life of Vitamin C in the body.
- PBE is effective in relieving tinnitus symptoms by improving cochlear blood flow.
Pine Bark Extract Side Effects: Few side effects have been reported with the use of pine bark extract. The most frequently reported side effects have been mild gastrointestinal complaints such as nausea or upset stomach.
Caution: Breastfeeding women should avoid taking PBE because it may pass to the baby in breast milk. No studies of PBE have been conducted in young children, so its potential effects for them are unknown.