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New Study: Pine Bark Extract Boosts Nitric Oxide (NO) Production
Date:10/17/2007

in response to neurotransmitter stimulation.

"Acetylcholine stimulates the cells of arteries to produce NO from L-arginine faster," Dr. Higashi said. "In turn, the NO causes the muscle surrounding arteries to relax, which results in an increase of blood vessel diameters. When subjects had taken Pycnogenol(R) the relaxation of arteries was increased by 42 percent as compared to the group taking placebo tablets."

According to Frank Schonlau, Ph.D, director of scientific communications for Horphag Research, worldwide distributors of Pycnogenol(R), "While more research is warranted, this is an encouraging breakthrough especially to athletes as Pycnogenol(R) seems to allow people to move faster when exercising by satisfying the enhanced muscle oxygen demand and increasing the blood flow to active muscles. When people are performing heavy physical activity, nerves release neurotransmitter acetylcholine to arteries supplying muscles, which makes them expand, a process that requires enhanced production of NO."

A multitude of studies about Pycnogenol(R) and sports nutrition have been conducted. Most recently, a year ago, Pycnogenol(R) was demonstrated to improve blood circulation and support a lasting aerobic muscle activity during any kind of activity and enhance sports endurance by alleviating cramping and muscular pain in athletes. In short, Pycnogenol(R) is effective for enhancing and prolonging muscle performance during sport, supports muscle adaptation to higher work-load and allows for faster physical recovery.

About Pycnogenol(R)

Pycnogenol(R) is a natural plant extract originating from the bark of the maritime pine that grows along the coast of southwest France and is found to contain a unique combination of procyanidins, bioflavonoids and organic acids, which offer extensive natural health benefits. The extract has been widely studied for the past 35 years and has more than 220 published studies and review articles ensuring safety and
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