KEY BENEFITS: Moisturizes the skin | Elevates hyaluronic acid generation in skin | Stimulates synthesis of new collagen in the skin | Increases skin elasticity and reduces skin fatigue | Reduces pigmentation for an even, bright looking skin | Arrests activity of enzymes breaking-down collagen and elastin | Contributes to limit photo-ageing, in addition to sun-protective measures
Make White Pine® Pycnogenol® a part of your diet for healthy and younger looking skin.
What is pycnogenol?
Pycnogenol® is extracted from eco responsibly harvested French maritime pine barks.
How powerful is pycnogenol®?
More potent than Vitamin C
More potent than Vitamin E
A patented product, with over 40 years of research and 160 research papers, Pycnogenol® is 50 times more potent than vitamin E, and 20 times more potent than vitamin C, when it comes to antiageing and antioxidant activity.
- WHAT IT DOES FOR YOUR SKIN -
Moisturises the skin.
Elevates hyaluronic acid generation in skin.
Stimulates synthesis of new collagen in the skin.
Increases skin elasticity and reduces skin fatigue.
Reduces pigmentation for an even, bright looking skin.
Arrests activity of enzymes that break down collagen and elastin.
Acts as internal photo protector.
Contributes to limit photo-ageing, in addition to sun-protective measures.
How well researched is it?
Research & testing
Pycnogenol® is a proprietary product made exclusively from French maritime pine (Pinus pinaster subsp. atlantica, Pinaceae) bark extract.
It is manufactured by Horphag Research (Geneva, Switzerland).
Pycnogenol® is one of the most
- extensively researched -
herbal supplement preparations in terms of both clinical studies and its underlying biological activity.
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Nutritional facts (per gram)
Energy 0.25 kcal Carbohydrates 46mg (including naturally present sugars 36mg) Total Fat 1.1mg (Saturated Fat 0.05mg, Monounsaturated fat 0.03mg, Polyunsaturated fat 0.03mg,
Trans fatty acids 0mg, Cholesterol 0mg) Dietary Fibre 17mg Protein 4.9mg Sodium 0.38mg Potassium 0.22mg
Pycnogenol® is a multitasking skin supplement with benefits on multiple organs of our body. It's an antioxidant that protects our cells from damage. It also acts as an internal photo-protector which helps slow down the aging process. White Pine® Pycnogenol®, the only authentic Pycnogenol in India stimulates the production of hyaluronic acid in the skin. It has been shown to reduce pigmentation and melasma and helps maintain healthy skin. Skin benefits apart, Pycnogenol® can be taken for treating circulation problems, allergies, asthma, tinnitus, high blood pressure, muscle soreness, osteoarthritis, diabetes, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), endometriosis, menopausal symptoms, painful menstrual periods, erectile dysfunction, and retinopathy. Some studies suggest that it has several benefits for the heart and protects against coronary artery disease, stroke, blood clots, and varicose veins.
Yes, Pycnogenol® has skin-brightening properties. A new study has proved that Pycnogenol® increases skin lightening during seasonal changes when dark spots can emerge. Daily oral supplementation with 100mg of Pycnogenol® for two months was shown to reduce melanin deposition in the skin, retain skin moisture and elasticity, increase skin lightening by reducing sun-induced pigment aggregates, and reinforce skin barrier function. Melanin deposition was decreased in skin treated with Pycnogenol® in another study.
Yes, Pycnogenol® now in India has proven to be therapeutically effective in patients suffering from melasma. Research has found compelling evidence to prove that apart from providing photoprotection, Pycnogenol® also inhibits UVA-induced pigmentation in the skin, which further supports its ability to reduce hyperpigmentation such as melasma.
Based on a study done in 2014, Pycnogenol® was shown to reduce the symptoms of psoriasis at a dose of 50mg thrice daily, taken for 12 weeks. However, since psoriasis is a chronic, relapsing and remitting condition, we recommend being under an immunodermatologist's care for the best treatment options for psoriasis.
Oral Pycnogenol provides you photoprotection, evens out and brightens the skin. Stimulates hyaluronic acid and collagen.
Topical Pycnogenol - Dextexturises the skin, reduces pigmentation and limits photo-ageing.
Yes, Pycnogenol® supplementation benefits our skin by increasing its hydration and elasticity. It works by increasing the synthesis of hyaluronic acid and collagen in our skin, leading to better skin elasticity and water retention.
Recent research identified that Pycnogenol® protects our skin from harmful enzymes by binding with skin proteins, collagen, and elastin, which helps rebuild elasticity crucial for smooth and younger-looking skin!
Yes, as per this study, a daily dosage of 50 mg of the antioxidant Pycnogenol® helped reduce oxidative stress in cigarette smokers caused by smoking.
Pycnogenol® helps increase collagen production in the skin by enhancing its ability to produce more hyaluronic acid, which boosts the collagen giving you smoother and younger-looking skin!
Researchers have identified enhanced collagen synthesis with Pycnogenol® in the skin of human volunteers. These effects are due to an increased synthesis of extracellular matrix molecules such as hyaluronic acid and collagen. Pycnogenol® is one of the few supplements that increase the production of hyaluronic acid synthase in the skin to create new hyaluronic acid in the skin. This, in turn, makes your collagen younger and your skin more hydrated and fresher!
Sunburn is an inflammation caused by free radical-induced tissue damage. By neutralizing these free radicals, Pycnogenol® helps protect skin from the stress and damage of sunburn and photo-aging. Pycnogenol® acts as an internal photoprotector, with proven benefits against ultraviolet exposure-induced skin changes.
This is a game-changer for those who cannot constantly reapply sunscreen and those who may need protection against long hours of sun exposure for occupational reasons.
As an antioxidant, Pycnogenol® is 50 times more effective than vitamin E and 20 times as powerful as vitamin C. Our skin undergoes oxidative damage every day. A daily repair with White Pine® Pycnogenol® helps to regularly undo skin damage.
Yes, Pycnogenol® helps reduce signs of pollution, Prevent UV Damage and Photo-Aging! According to research, daily supplementation of Pycnogenol® in healthy volunteers was shown to inhibit the inflammation caused by UV exposure and consequently protected the skin from sunburn.
Pycnogenol® works by retaining skin hydration, increasing skin elasticity, and boosting the skin barrier function for those exposed to urban pollution and seasonal temperature and humidity changes.
Yes, Pycnogenol® is an effective natural antioxidant that helps protect the skin from the oxidative damage it undergoes every day as an antioxidant. Pycnogenol® is 50 times more effective than vitamin E and 20 times as powerful as vitamin C.
A daily dose of White Pine® Pycnogenol® helps to undo the oxidative damage the skin undergoes regularly.
Pycnogenol® is not known to cause or worsen acne. Clinical data, in fact, supports the use of Pycnogenol® as an antioxidant to counter acne and to provide internal photo protection.
Pycnogenol® is a multitasking skin supplement with benefits on multiple organs of our body. It's an antioxidant that protects our cells from damage. It also acts as an internal photo-protector which helps slow down the aging process. White Pine® Pycnogenol® stimulates the production of hyaluronic acid in the skin. It has been shown to reduce pigmentation and melasma and helps maintain healthy skin. Skin benefits apart, Pycnogenol® can be taken for treating circulation problems, allergies, asthma, tinnitus, high blood pressure, muscle soreness, osteoarthritis, diabetes, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), endometriosis, menopausal symptoms, painful menstrual periods, erectile dysfunction, and retinopathy. Some studies suggest that it has several benefits for the heart and protects against coronary artery disease, stroke, blood clots, and varicose veins.
There hasn't been any evidence to suggest that Pycnogenol® causes weight gain. In fact, this study has shown that Pycnogenol® helps reduce the Body Mass Index (BMI) in patients with metabolic syndrome. The Pycnogenol® group was found to have significantly lost weight after six months of consumption compared to their starting level (from average BMI 26.5 to 25.0). Pycnogenol® also fights free radical damage in our body and releases toxins from the breakdown of body fat resulting in weight loss.
Pycnogenol® does not cause bloating. On the contrary, this study suggests that Pycnogenol® has effectively helped decrease bloating during menopause.
Yes, Pycnogenol® has demonstrated anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, endothelium-protective, and platelet-activity-regulating properties. This study has found Pycnogenol® to be beneficial in supporting recovery and alleviating symptoms and long-term consequences resulting from a SARS-CoV2 infection in COVID-19 patients.
Caution: People with known medical conditions may consume this product only after approval from their treating physician.
This clinical study has found that supplementation with Pycnogenol®, French maritime pine bark extract, boosts saliva production significantly and assuages dry mouth symptoms. Since there are many causes for dry mouth, it would be best to discuss your concern with a specialist.
No, Pycnogenol® does not cause any eye problems. On the contrary, it has been proved that Pycnogenol® improves the vascular system of the eyes to preserve healthy eyesight, as per this article. Pycnogenol® has also been studied to help with diabetes-induced eye conditions.
Yes, Pycnogenol® tablets have been used along with thyroid medication to help reduce the symptoms. A new study evaluated the benefits of adding Pycnogenol® along with levothyroxine in patients treated for hypothyroidism.
Please consult your healthcare professional regarding taking Pycnogenol®, if you are on active dose titration for your thyroid medication, or on any other medicines for managing thyroid issues.
There is no evidence suggesting that Pycnogenol® causes stomach issues. White Pine Pycnogenol® from CHOSEN®, brings Pycnogenol® to you in a very small capsule form, making it easy for you to consume the capsule. If you wish to, you can take it after a meal as well.
No! On the other hand, Pycnogenol® has been found to help with reducing sexual dysfunction for people using an antidepressant, according to this study. Pycnogenol® has even been found to improve sperm quality and is considered a treatment option for male infertility.
There are several benefits to using Pycnogenol® during menopause! Early research shows that taking Pycnogenol® decreases menopausal symptoms, including tiredness, headache, depression and anxiety, hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, irregular periods, palpitations, memory problems, vaginal dryness, and bloating after eight weeks of usage. Pycnogenol® has also proved to help with signs of aging, skin elasticity, smoothness, and moisture by increasing collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid synthase in women during menopause.
Another study has found that taking Pycnogenol® for 8 weeks has helped with breast pain, the feeling of "electric shocks," tingling extremities, burning tongue, and itchy skin.
Research indicates that Pycnogenol® plays an important role when it comes to physical activity as it exhibits properties that help the body in producing nitric oxide, as a result enhancing blood microcirculation and improving blood flow to the muscles. This would, in turn, help the body achieve peak muscle performance and speedy recovery after strenuous exercise, which may result in a reduction of muscular aches in both athletes and healthy individuals.
According to this Clinical Study, taking Pycnogenol® supplements has proved to be effective in boosting muscle performance, increasing endurance, and reducing cramping by controlling oxidative stress and may improve training and performances both in normal subjects and professional athletes.
Yes, according to this study, Pycnogenol® may help to significantly decrease the incidence of migraines, reduce wearisome migraine symptoms and diminish the disruption of daily activities caused by migraines.
This study suggests that taking Pycnogenol® for 8 weeks reduced the number of migraine attacks during the observation period compared to standard management. When used as prophylaxis, it appears to reduce the pain, number, and severity of symptoms in moderate headaches.
Please consult your healthcare professional regarding taking Pycnogenol® if you are on active treatment or any other medications to manage migraine and related issues.
Pycnogenol® helps in restoring venous tone and is of benefit to those suffering from varicose veins. It has been shown to reduce the pain, swelling, discomfort, and improve venous tone, and is well tolerated even when used for several months in this condition. An early study indicated that varicose veins in subjects using Pycnogenol® appear more resistant to dynamic stresses (stretching and dilatation). After the stress, recovery to the initial shape, volumes, and sizes was achieved faster and better.
Another study found that treatment with Pycnogenol® results in a significant improvement in signs of postpartum varicose veins. Please consult your healthcare professional regarding taking Pycnogenol® if you are on active treatment or any other medications to manage varicose vein-related issues.
No! Actually, studies have found Pycnogenol® to be extremely efficient in reducing the prevalence of mouth ulcers and sores by enhancing the blood microcirculation in the gums.
Several clinical studies have shown that Pycnogenol® accelerates wound healing and reduces scar formation. It protects the skin's collagen matrix and increases its stability during the healing process.
Yes, Pycnogenol® may significantly improve the appearance, swelling, and discomfort of pregnancy-induced spider vein clusters. Studies also show that Pycnogenol® may improve blood flow and reduce swelling, pain, and the number of faulty veins post-pregnancy.
Please note that a nursing mother may use Pycnogenol® only after clearance from her lactation consultant/paediatrician.
Yes, as per this study, taking Pycnogenol® daily, along with asthma medications, seems to decrease asthma symptoms and reduce the need for medication.
An alternative study concluded that Pycnogenol® has antihistamine properties, helps manage childhood asthma, and reduces the need for rescue inhalers in children and adults with asthma.
Caution: Please consult your healthcare professional regarding taking Pycnogenol® if you are on active treatment or any other medications to manage asthma/ allergies.
Yes! Studies suggest that Pycnogenol® provides significant benefits for women living with menstrual discomfort. It works in the following ways:
Reduction of pain during the menstrual cycle.
Natural anti-inflammatory activity.
Fewer days with menstrual pain.
Improvement of endometriosis
Balances the estrogen levels
Alleviates the cramping and abdominal pain sensation.
Pycnogenol® is not expected to cause renal damage. In fact, this study states that Pycnogenol® can naturally improve kidney function in people with metabolic syndrome. It exhibits several kidney protective benefits and lowers elevated blood pressure and blood sugar which causes kidney damage in many people.
Caution: Please consult your healthcare professional regarding taking Pycnogenol® if you are on active treatment or any other medications to manage renal problems.
A new clinical study revealed that Pycnogenol® reduces ADHD in children. The study shows that Pycnogenol® balances stress hormones, which lowers adrenaline and dopamine, resulting in decreased ADHD symptoms. It works by reducing hyperactivity and improving attention, concentration, and motor-visual coordination in children with ADHD. As a caution, we recommend that you check with your physician about adding on Pycnogenol®.
Pycnogenol® can be taken by women with PCOS/PCOD.
No, in fact, Pycnogenol® is used in patients with piles and haemorrhoids to help reduce the severity of symptoms.
Yes, Pycnogenol® has proved to be beneficial for people with allergic asthma.
It has proven to be successful in controlling the signs and symptoms of allergic asthma and has reduced the need for medication significantly. The research found that Pycnogenol® inhibits the release of histamine, and its anti-inflammatory properties inhibit the production of pro-inflammatory mediators, which in turn relieve swelling and make breathing easier.
While allergies or asthma are not considered contraindications to the use of Pycnogenol®, we recommend that you check with your physician if you are actively managed for asthma.
Pycnogenol® has natural anti-inflammatory properties. It works by reducing inflammations at the onset, which reduces the pain and helps people who have endometriosis without complication or side effects, going by this study.
According to research, pre-diabetics have found Pycnogenol® helpful. In diabetes, the excess amount of unused glucose in the bloodstream impacts the vascular system. Pycnogenol® helps lower the blood sugar and lipid levels by slowing down the absorption of carbohydrates, which in turn reduces the glucose load in the bloodstream.
Caution: People with known medical conditions may consume this product only after approval from their treating physician. Pycnogenol® proves to be efficient in controlling blood sugar and lipid levels. Taking Pycnogenol®, along with diabetes medications, might cause your blood sugar to below. Your diabetes medications might require dose alterations accordingly.
Yes, Pycnogenol® is a natural option for maintaining optimal cholesterol levels.
Clinical trials found that Pycnogenol® has the potential to neutralize all the important cardiovascular risk factors simultaneously. It has the tendency to lower 'bad cholesterol' (LDL) and increase the serum levels of 'Good cholesterol' (HDL).
People with known medical conditions may consume this product only after approval from their treating physician. If you are on medications or on an active treatment plan for managing your cholesterol, speak to your physician before adding on natural cholesterol-lowering agents like Pycnogenol®.
The products from the Stuff That Works® range like White Pine® Pycnogenol®, have been carefully curated for use by individuals, and do not need a prescription being food grade products. These are DIY products that are available over the counter. However, people with known medical conditions may consume this product only after approval from their treating physician.
White Pine® Pycnogenol® is a proprietary product made exclusively from French maritime pine bark extract by Horphag, brought to you in India, exclusively through CHOSEN®, for the goals of pigmentation and photoprotection. Pycnogenol® is suitable for those on a vegan diet. It is certified gluten-free, GMO-free, vegan, Kosher, and halal.
Pycnogenol® can be taken before or after food, according to your convenience.
Children under age six should cautiously avoid usage of Pycnogenol®. However, as a general precaution, we recommend it to be consumed only by people of age 15 and above. Pycnogenol® is GRAS (generally recognized as safe) certified and is considered safe for usage by adults and children above the age of 15.
Pycnogenol® can be safely used at doses of up to 200mg per day, though for skin benefits, the dose is around 25 to 100 mg per day. The dosage of Pycnogenol® varies according to the condition. You can check out the dosages based on your skin goals here. For more information about the dosage in other conditions, use this leaflet.
Yes, Pycnogenol® is safe for men to use. It had been studied in men in several conditions from cognitive performance to sexual health conditions, and has been found to be very safe and effective.
Yes, Pycnogenol® can be taken while you are on your period. Clinical research suggests Pycnogenol® provides significant benefits for women with menstrual discomfort.
You should use Pycnogenol® for at least 28 days to 12 weeks before expecting tangible results.
If you are looking at skin hydration benefits, pigmentation conditions like melasma, and internal UV protection, it is ideal to start at a dose of 75-100mg per day for three months.
Pycnogenol® is a health supplement for managing oxidation-induced damage, positively impacting multiple organ systems in the body. It is GRAS certified and is considered safe even for long-term usage of up to six years. There will not be any rebound worsening of the skin, as Pycnogenol® does not create any negative impacts on the skin in the first place. After the first year, we recommend using it intermittently to sustain the results if you are taking it predominantly for antiaging and skin health benefits. You can also switch to low dose maintenance of 25 mg, taken four to five times a week. Pycnogenol® does not accumulate in the body and is metabolized easily. While there won't be any negative effects from using Pycnogenol®, it is important to realize that, as with all health supplements, the product's benefits would peter out slowly when the consumption is stopped.
The current version of White Pine® Pycnogenol® has no added colour compared to the previous versions, which had both flavour and colour.
Yes, White Pine® Pycnogenol® can be taken while on combined oral contraceptive pills.
We recommend taking a break from supplements for a period of 2 weeks from the day of your COVID-19 jab if you have any symptoms post your shot. If you are asymptomatic, you can resume your White Pine® Pycnogenol® from the very next day.
White Pine® Pycnogenol® capsules 25 mg, and 50mg have 25mg and 50mg of Pycnogenol® respectively, to suit different skin conditions. For anti-ageing maintenance, recommended dosage would be 25 mg once daily. However, 50 mg daily is recommended for skin protection, skin repair and for antioxidant benefits. Please see our post here for detailed instructions on dosage.
There are no known drug interactions between Pycnogenol® and Isotretinoin. Since Isotretinoin is a prescription medicine given by a dermatologist, it is recommended that you check with your doctor before starting this.
TOR™ Marine Collagen can be used in combination with White Pine® Pycnogenol®(a collagen booster and multitasker). They form an integral part of the holistic approach for better skin and hair health.
Yes, they can be used together.
Yes, topical sunscreen application is a must, even if you regularly use White Pine® Pycnogenol®.
We do not recommend White Pine® Pycnogenol® for use during pregnancy.
Nursing women may consume this product ONLY after obtaining clearance from their paediatrician/ lactation consultant.
Yes, Pycnogenol® can be safely used by people of all age groups above 15. It is GRAS certified by the US FDA. Research suggests that taking Pycnogenol® improves mental function and memory in both young adults and the elderly. It was found to help enhance overall cognitive performance, including daily decision making and stress management for those over age 55. That said, people with known medical conditions may consume this product only after approval from their treating physician.
It is best to stop White Pine® Pycnogenol® one month prior to a planned pregnancy.
Pycnogenol® seems well-tolerated for use in adults for up to 6 years, in doses of 200 mg. It is GRAS certified by the US FDA. There have been no reports of serious side effects in any clinical study or from the commercial use of Pycnogenol® since it was introduced into the market in Europe around 1970.
Evidence suggests that taking 50-200 mg of Pycnogenol® capsules daily for 3-12 weeks marginally decreases blood sugar in people with diabetes. Taking 150mg of Pycnogenol® daily for four weeks improves circulation and symptoms in people with diabetes. This article suggests that Pycnogenol® aids in normalizing blood sugar levels by slowing the absorption of carbohydrates, which results in a reduced glucose load of the bloodstream. Caution: People with known medical conditions may consume this product only after approval from their treating physician. Pycnogenol® proves to be efficient in controlling blood sugar and lipid levels. Taking Pycnogenol®, along with diabetes medications, might cause your blood sugar to be too low. Your diabetes medications might require dose alterations accordingly.
Daily supplementation with Pycnogenol® may help improve endothelial function for those with borderline hypertension. A Clinical study shows that Pycnogenol® helps normalize blood pressure and reduce oxidative stress levels. Pycnogenol® also has several benefits for heart and artery health. It effectively lowers blood pressure and improves blood flow to the legs. Caution: People with known medical conditions may consume this product only after approval from their treating physician. As this supplement has a beneficial effect on blood pressure levels, people with blood pressure and hypertension may need guidance on dose adjustment from their treating physician.
All products at CHOSEN have been formulated and manufactured in duly approved facilities with good manufacturing practices and are in line with the currently applicable standards. CHOSEN has earned the trust among users and customers as a strong science-backed solutions provider, and we continue to strengthen our products with evidence-based medical principles.