Overview

Maritime pine trees grow in countries on the Mediterranean Sea. The bark is used to make medicine. Maritime pine trees that grow in an area in southwest France are used to make Pycnogenol, the US registered trademark name for a commercially available maritime pine bark extract.

Maritime pine bark extract is used for asthma, improving athletic performance, poor circulation that can cause the legs to swell (chronic venous insufficiency or CVI), and many other conditions, but there is only limited scientific evidence to support some of these uses.

How does it work ?

Maritime pine contains substances that might improve blood flow. It might also stimulate the immune system, reduce swelling, prevent infections, and have antioxidant effects.

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