CHOLESTEROL STUDY ADDS TO THEORY THAT FLAVONOID ANTIOXIDANT MAY BE HEALTHY HEART BREAKTHROUGH
NEW JERSEY - February 28, 2003 - Reinforcing theories that not all antioxidants have the same "jobs" in the body, a recent study at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center shows that an antioxidant made from the bark of the maritime pine tree, Pycnogenol® (pic-noj-en-all), reduced LDL (bad cholesterol) while elevating the good, HDL, cholesterol of the participants in this study.
The finding that Pycnogenol® reduced LDL while elevating HDL was particularly favorable and has rarely occurred in antioxidant studies of similar design.
The study was published in the journal Lipids and has attracted the attention of heart specialists worldwide, because it is the ninth published study using the powerful antioxidant Pycnogenol® that has shown significant
benefit for heart and circulatory health. Other clinical studies have
shown that Pycnogenol® works as well as aspirin to prevent clogged blood vessels, without aspirin's side effects.
"Antioxidants in food or dietary supplements, such as E and C, are a good addition to a healthy heart regime, but there were some disappointing results in recent large clinical studies which have led scientists to theorize that the body uses different antioxidants for different jobs and these vitamins, while important, might not be the "silver bullet" we are looking for," according to Steven Lamm, MD, Clinical Asst. Professor of Medicine, NYU- Bellevue, who has written extensively on the value of dietary supplements.
"The majority of the research conducted involves the cardiovascular system, providing solid evidence that this antioxidant, Pycnogenol®, is powerful in reducing inflammation in the body, strengthening the vascular system, lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol and fighting the effects of smoking, stress and other environmental risk factors on the heart, " says Frank Schönlau, Ph.D., director of scientific communications for Natural
It is known that antioxidants fight free radicals and that free radicals are the culprits in many degenerative diseases. Researchers have recently turned their attention to, not just vitamins, but a whole host of phytonutrients, including many flavonoid antioxidants that had received little attention in the past. Since then, scientists have been looking for the specific antioxidant that protects against heart disease, still the number one killer of both men and women in the United States.
With evidence growing on the positive effects of Pycnogenol®, on the heart and circulatory system, as well as the long experience of Europeans with the safety and effectiveness of this antioxidant, scientists are beginning to believe that this is the one the body uses to strengthen and protect the heart.
Natural Health Science Inc., (NHS) based in Hillside, New Jersey, is the North American distributor for Pycnogenol® (pic-noj-en-all) brand French Maritime Pine Bark Extract on behalf of Horphag Research. Pycnogenol® is a registered trademark of Horphag Research Ltd., Guernsey, and its applications are protected by U.S. patents #4,698,360 / #5,720,956 / #6,372.266 and other international patents. NHS has the exclusive rights to market and sell Pycnogenol® and benefits from over thirty years of scientific research assuring the safety and efficacy of Pycnogenol® as a dietary supplement. For more information about Pycnogenol® visit our web site atwww.pycnogenol.com .