Pine Bark Extract (Pinus massoniana Lamb.)
Pine Bark Extract is an extract from the barks of the pines. The barks peeled from the pines are harvested, ground and extracted. www.ebiochem.com
It is a species of pine, native to a wide area of central and southern China, including Hong Kong and Taiwan, and northern Vietnam.www.ebiochem.com
Pine bark has been proved to be a new resource of OPCs, the OPCs extracted from the pine bark does not show any difference in quality and functions except for mild dissimilarity in appearance. By its excellent antioxidant activity, OPCs eliminates damages that free radicals, as well as collagenase and elastinase do to the arteries, thus prevents or reverses atherosclerosis. Animal evidence suggested that OPCs can slow or reverse atherosclerosis.
Because of its antioxidant activity, OPCs is thought to prevent the skin from excessive ultraviolet radiation and free radicals. Considerable evidences indicate that OPCs protects and strengthens collagen and elastin of the skin, so that wrinkle is prevented and elasticity of the skin is kept. OPCs in cream form is a popular treatment for aging skin, on the theory that by repairing elastin and collagen they will return skin to a more youthful appearance.www.ebiochem.com
Some small brief studies have been done to look at pine bark extract’s possible usefulness in treating asthma, menstrual pain, blood clots and leg swelling during long airplane flights, retinal disease in diabetics, high cholesterol, and other disorders.www.ebiochem.com
In addition, different types of pine bark and have different formulations.www.ebiochem.com