Pycnogenol is Key Ingredient in New Eye Health Formula for Diabetics

NEW JERSEY - April 8, 2003 - Natural antioxidant Pycnogenol® (pic-noj-en-all) European pine bark extract, is the primary ingredient in the new TWINLAB® product, DIA-BALANCE(TM) for Eye Health, designed for diabetics and pre-diabetics. The product was created to promote eye health and help patients suffering from diabetic retinopathy, a diabetes-induced eye disease that ultimately leads to blindness.

"According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetic retinopathy affects over 5 million Americans, most of whom are considered legally blind. Pycnogenol's® effectiveness in alleviating diabetic retinopathy and its overall eye health benefits have been researched through five clinical studies involving over one thousand patients. This new research is shedding light on Pycnogenol's® emerging function and role for reducing bleeding in the eye, which can lead to blindness," said Frank Schönlau, Ph.D., director of scientific communications for Horphag Research/Natural Health Science.

Diabetic retinopathy occurs because elevated glucose levels in the blood react within the capillaries of the retina, resulting in swollen and brittle walls. This subsequently leads to blood leaking into the retina, which limits oxygen and nutrients from reaching the retina, and lowers the sensitivity of the eye to light, causing gradual vision loss. Diabetic retinopathy develops without symptoms and pain and very rarely are there any signs of this debilitating disease until it has progressed to a point where a patient notices his vision is getting worse, with the result being irreversible damage.

"Research has found diabetic retinopathy patients who took Pycnogenol®, significantly reduced the leakage of blood from capillaries, keeping the retina healthy and improving their vision," said Dr. Schönlau. "Pycnogenol® binds to certain proteins, such as those exposed in damaged areas of capillaries and seals them to suppress further outflow of blood. Another study demonstrated that Pycnogenol® improves integrity and function of the retina."

The DIA-BALANCE(TM) line consists of five different products, each targeting a separate diabetes-related condition. The eye health formula contains 40 mg of Pycnogenol® and 6 mg lutein. Pycnogenol® is included in other key eye health formulas including Dr. Andrew Weil's Vision Support Formula and Novartis' Picno 30(TM), a product containing Pycnogenol® in combination with Vitamin E designed to help treat diabetic retinopathy.

According to Dr. Schönlau, the past decade cast a spotlight on eye health and research as the need for a natural remedies and evidence based ingredients for healthy eyesight increased. DIA-BALANCE(TM) for eye health is an exciting new product which boasts sound scientific research and identifies Pycnogenol® as a supplement of growing importance in the eye market.

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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 at

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