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Dr. Atkins on Pycnogenol

The following article is an excerpt from Dr. Atkins' Vita Nutrient Solution:

Pycnogenol and Grape Seed Extract

" I hold these extraordinary antioxidants and anti-inflammatories close to my heart, for I had been recommending them before my colleagues had had a chance to confirm their therapeutic potential. Their active bioflavonoids, called proanthocyanidins (PCOs), neutralize an even wider range of free radical forces than does vitamin E. By no means does this imply that they can replace E, but their presence certainly magnifies the overall effectiveness of your antioxidant program."

" A considerable body of research attests to proanthocyanidins' contribution to the strength of our capillaries, making them especially valuable for circulatory disorders of all kinds, including varicose veins, hardening of the arteries, and impaired blood flow to the brain. PCOs seem to be the bioflavonoids that best speed the healing of bleeding gums, protect the skin of people who bruise easily, and curb heavy menstrual flows."

" In Scandinavian countries doctors often prescribe pycnogenol, the pine bark extract that I worked with initially, as an allergy treatment. Little support for this remedial role exists in scientific journals but then none is necessary. Complementary physicians and supplement takers can see and feel the results with their own eyes."

" Pycnogenol was the first PCO supplement in the United State, and its 85% bioflavonoid concentration became the gold standard for all other PCO supplements. We later discovered, however, that grape seed extract's concentration is a little higher, between 92% and 95%. Because it also contains some flavonoids not found in pine bark, grape seed extract now probably holds a slight qualitative edge. It's also generally less expensive."

Supplement Suggestions:
"For all practical purposes, the differences are slight, and dosages remain about the same for either pycnogenol or grape seed extract. For allergies and most other afflictions, I normally dispense between 50 and 300 mg per day. Circulatory and capillary problems require more. To limit a heavy menstrual flow or stop bleeding gums, I'll tell a patient to take 1000 mg three times per day. At that dosage a therapeutic change can come about in as little as a month. For instance, by the time of her cycle, a woman accustomed to a heavy seven day menstrual flow might finish within three or four days."


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