It’s not a secret what causes blocked arteries. Most people know it whether they do anything about it or not. Plaques buildup in the arteries and slowly cause damage to your circulatory system. When these plaques grow large enough they can start to choke blood flow off to one area of the body and depending on where the blockage occurs the more serious the condition becomes. For instance clogged arteries in the neck can lead to reduced blood flow to the brain which is commonly referred to as a stroke. Blocked arteries can also lead to heart attacks if the heart becomes starved for blood due to blockages in that area.

Here are some natural remedies that will help you unclog your arteries:

Start an exercise regimen

Starting an exercise regimen and doing yoga are two good ways to unclog the arteries. It develops the immune system and promotes proper circulation of the blood.  Yoga also makes the arteries flexible and cleans the plaques in the arteries’ walls. However, it cannot be achieved overnight, but must be done regularly. A study published in the Circulation: Journal American Heart Association indicated that blood vessels of those older athletes function like those of people half their age, thus helping avoid clogging of the arteries because of long-term exercises.

Eat garlic

Cleaning of the arteries naturally can be best done with garlic. 1 to 4 cloves a day is good. You can take either raw garlic or a garlic supplement – my recommended brand is Kyolic. One advantage of garlic is that you could include into almost all of your dishes. It has a long-history of treating various kinds of heart diseases and blood clots since it lowers cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

Quit smoking

Smoking won’t benefit you in any way. Period.

Cigarette smoke contains hundreds or perhaps thousands of chemical compounds containing benzene rings that can cause oxidative stress. If you smoke try to find ways to quit today.

Cayenne pepper

Cayenne is an herb that may prove effective in the treatment of clogged arteries. This herb has been used largely in Asian, Indian and Caribbean cuisine as well. It has also been used for centuries in order to treat health conditions such as joint pain and stomach ailments.

This herb is known to display strong antioxidant properties, which help in preventing accumulation of plaque as well as reducing plaque formation inside the arteries. You should seek advice from your physician before using cayenne pepper, as it can trigger stomach upset.

Pomegranates

 

While not everyone is a fan of the pomegranate’s slightly acidic, yet wonderfully sweet taste, this fruit is masterful at removing plaque buildup according to many studies. Rich in polyphenols including tannins and anthocyanins, drinking pomegranate juice is even shown in one study to reduce arterial plaque by as much as 30 percent.

It also lowers blood pressure and increases total antioxidant status (TAS) by 130 percent. Another study published in the American Journal of Cardiology shows it can slow the oxidation that causes plaque buildup

Chemotherapy and radiotherapy aren’t the only way to kill cancer cells. Essential oils appear to be able to do this, at least under laboratory conditions and in certain concentrations. This leads one to hope that in future patients will be able to use them in treatment instead of having to suffer from the well-known side effects of current treatments.

A study by researchers from China and Germany (Zu Y, Yu H, Liang L, Fu Y, Efferth T, Liu X and Wu N, 20101) on the antibacterial effects of ten essential oils on in vitro toxicology against three human cancer cells was published in the Molecules Journal. It demonstrated that cinnamon, thyme, and rose essential oils had the best antibacterial effect.

 

So which essential oils will help you fight cancer?

Oils from citrus fruits

Salvestrol Q40

One of these plant compounds extracted from tangerine peel can kill certain human cancer cells, research shows. A team from Leicester School of Pharmacy in Great Britain found Salvestrol Q40 was turned into a compound toxic to cancer cells, destroying them. The researchers suggest the modern trend to throw away the peel may have contributed to a rise in some cancers!! Lead researcher Dr. Hoon Tan said his work was still at an early stage, but together with his colleagues he is further investigating the potential todevelop natural anti-cancer therapies. He said: “It is very exciting to find a compound in food that can target cancers specifically.” Salvestrol 40 is a chemical produced by the plants immune system to repel attackers, such as insects or fungi. It is converted into a toxic compound by an enzyme, found in much higher levels in cancer cells. In other words, cancer cells use the Salvestrol to create their own killer compound! As a result, the researchers found, it proved to be 20 times more toxic to cancer cells than to healthy cells.

Frankincense oil

It exhibits numerous properties which makes it anti-cancerous because of it even in the present day it is the most preferred remedy during cancer. Frankincense oil and cancer have a close link associated with it can be dated back to the pre historian days also as it has the unique property to curb infections, inflammation and improve the immune system. In many cases individuals are still unaware about its cancer fighting potential. With the help of rigorous scientific research it has been confirmed by the University of Leicester in the UK about the added anti-cancerous properties associated with it. Otherwise known as boswellia, frankincense guarantees high nutrient value as it has a special component known as acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid or AKBA. Frankincense oil is considered as the most effective remedy of ovarian cancer. Indeed even the patients who are detected with ovarian cancer in the latter stages are prescribed AKBA found in frankincense oil.

Lavender

Lavender is excellent for its ability to calm the nervous system and ease stress and anxiety. It also helps improve the quality and depth of sleep.

Lavender has long been used for pain relief, and in recent years has been studied extensively for its inhibitory effects on cancer tumor growth. Other uses for lavender essential oil include its ability to heals burn and skin irritations, relieve allergy symptoms, and as an anti-bacterial, antiseptic, and antifungal.

Gout is an inflammatory disease in the joints caused due to the excessive uric acid. It is actually a form of arthritis and is also referred to as gouty arthritis. The kidneys are not able to eliminate the excessive uric acid which crystallizes and gets deposited in joints, especially in the big toes. It may also cause inflammation in toes, ankles, knees, elbows, wrists and ears.

Red, hot and tender is how gout first presents itself. The ailment is the result of a buildup of uric acid in the blood. These crystals float around and eventually become trapped in a joint. It is similar to the way arthritis expresses itself in the body. The fact that gout routinely attacks the lower extremities is most likely due to gravity.

It is important to understand why you are suffering from gout. If you are taking a prescription diuretic that is actually necessary and are routinely suffering with gout, it might be time to look at a more natural diuretic option.

Red cherries

Known to contain a compound that helps to lower uric acid concentrations in the blood, it is easy to add red cherries to the diet. You may use fresh, dried, and even unsweetened “real” cherry juice for this purpose.

Garlic

Garlic is a fantastic cure for gout. It removes the excessive uric acid from the body. Chew two to three pods of raw garlic. The natural smell of garlic is pungent and if you cannot bear the odor, you can also boil garlic pods in milk and water and drink it. Turmeric is also a wonderful natural gout remedy. Make sure that your recipes include garlic, ginger and turmeric.

Lemon juice

Lemon juice alkalizes the body and neutralizes the excess uric acid in your blood stream. Squeeze a lemon to extract its juice and then add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Stir well and add a glass of water and drink it immediately. Repeat this regularly.

Grapes

Increasingly, more grapes must be consumed because grapes get rid of the toxicity in uric acid. They react with the chemicals in monosodium urate, dissolve the crystals and expel them from the system. Grapes are rich in vitamin C and are empowered to dissolve gouty deposits.

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a common ingredient in home remedies for a variety of ailments, so it’s no surprise to see that it also works great for gout relief. Gout is caused by a buildup of uric acid around your joints, most commonly in the big toe. Apple cider vinegar naturally makes the body less acidic and more alkaline, meaning there will be less acid available to gather and cause pain.

You’ll want to dilute it with water. 1-2 tablespoons to about 8 ounces of water should be perfect. Now all that’s left to do is drink it. You don’t have to down it all right away, you can take your time as long as you drink it all. You can even try adding in a bit of honey for its anti-inflammatory properties for that extra bit of fast gout relief. It will make it taste better, too.

A healthy colon is essential for a healthy body. By extracting the water and salt from waste prior to elimination, which in turn maintains the body’s electrolyte balance, the colon helps keep our body and its systems functioning optimally.

The colon can get backed up by waste attaching to its walls, however, which can result in a myriad of health problems, including: headaches, low energy, vomiting, weight gain, skin allergies, acne, constipation, joint pains, indigestion, fatigue, diarrhea, vision issues, loss of memory, stress, bloating, and more. A clogged colon can also lead to numerous diseases, particularly colorectal cancer.

A colon cleanse can rid the body of harmful toxins and wastes that have accumulated as a result of poor diet, lack of exercise, heightened stress, chronic dehydration, drug intake, lifestyle changes, and more.

The colon requires water to keep waste flowing. Health experts generally recommend you consume three liters water a day to avoid colon blockage, though this number can change depending on your size, the climate you live in, and how frequently and vigorously you exercise.

 

Luckily, the process of cleaning the colon is not a difficult task to complete. Moreover, you can perform that at home with the help of natural ingredients. This powerful beverage will help you to eliminate all harmful toxins from your body and alleviate symptoms of digestive issues. This drink also can relieve constipation.

At this point it is important to highlight that in case you decide to try this colon cleanse, you need to stay at home. Once the cleansing process happens, you will feel the urge to use the restroom.

3 Juice Colon Cleanse Recipe

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup purified water
  • ½ cup 100% pure organic apple juice
  • 2 tbsp of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp of ginger juice
  • ½ tsp of sea salt

Instructions:

Take a tall glass and a spoon. First pour the water in a pan and warm it. You should not boil the water. When the water is warm enough so you can drink it, pour it into the glass and add salt to it. Stir well and then add the apple juice, ginger juice and fresh lemon juice. Finally, stir again.

Drink one large glass in the morning on an empty stomach. Drink another 2 large glasses with and after your lunch. Another two large glasses should be consumed in the evening around 6-7pm.

 

Apple juice

Apples are high in fiber, which helps digestion. Moreover, according to the Cornell University, apples are also rich in soluble fiber which ‘can help lower blood cholesterol, slow the absorption of carbohydrate from foods, and help stabilize blood sugar levels.

Fiber affects the rate of digestion of foods, the absorption of nutrients, and the movement of waste products (stool) through the colon.’

Lemon juice

All citrus fruits are rich sources of vitamin C and have potent antioxidant properties. Lemons aid digestion, especially when consumed with warm water.

Ginger

Ginger is really tasty and healthy and offers a wide range of good benefits for your body. Ginger stimulates digestion, absorption and can relive you from signs of constipation.

Good nutrition can have a positive effect on our overall health, but did you know some foods are known for their ability to help prevent cancer?

Here are the best foods to consume for fighting cancer:

Cabbage

In terms of fighting off cancer, cabbage contains many antioxidants, one that is known as sulforaphane that helps to fight the multiplication of cells, and thus prevents cancer cell growth. Cabbage also contains a powerful fermentable bacteria that acts as a probiotic known as Lactobaccilli. Lactobaccilli is one of many powerful disease-fighting types of good bacteria that occurs in several natural foods. Taking care of your gut is crucial to a healthy immune system which fights cancer from the inside out. Cabbage is also an incredibly source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that improves immunity. Cabbage’s vitamin C content increases during the fermentation process because this breaks down the cell walls and makes it easier to digest.

 

 

Garlic and onion

Garlic and onion have been found to give a boost to the immune cells that fight pancreas, breast, colorectal, intestinal, and esophagus cancers. The sulfur compounds found in garlic (which gives it its odor and flavor) can also help slow the speed of tumor development. Few clinical trials have focused on the positive effects of garlic on fighting cancer, however several population studies back up the fact that garlic is one of the most powerful common plants to fight cancer.

Onions and other bulbous plants in the same family — namely leeks and chives — have also been shown to reduce the risk of stomach and colon cancer.

Drink green tea

The research on how powerful green tea is at preventing breast cancer is mixed, but one study found that among women under the age of 50, those who consumed three or more cups of green tea per day were 37 percent less likely to develop breast cancer compared to women who didn’t drink tea. Green tea contains a number of antioxidants, and in laboratory studies it’s been shown to slow or completely prevent cancer development in breast cells. Enjoy up to five cups of freshly brewed hot or iced tea, and if you need a sweetener add a splash of 100 percent fruit juice instead of sugar or the artificial stuff.

 

 

 

Berries

 

Raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and other berries are known for great taste and for being loaded with fiber and vitamin C—and for their antioxidant compounds, which are known for protecting and repairing cells damaged by effects of cancer. It is also believed that compounds in berries can boost immunity.
Various berries contain polyphenols, which include the powerful antioxidants ellagic acid and anthocyanins. According to the Stanford Health Improvement Program (HIP) of Stanford University’s Prevention Research Center, “The two most widely studied cancer-fighting compounds in berries are ellagic acid (richest in strawberries and raspberries) and anthocyanosides (richest in blueberries). Ellagic acid is believed to help prevent skin, bladder, lung, and breast cancers, both by acting as an antioxidant and by slowing the reproduction of cancer cells. The anthocyanosides in blueberries are currently the most powerful antioxidants known to scientists and are beneficial in the prevention of all types of cancer.”

Coconut water has a sweet and nutty taste. It is naturally refreshing. It contains carbohydrates in the form of sugar and electrolytes that help to ease digestive problems. Coconut water is a pure liquid in the fruit center that is plugged from green and young coconuts.

It has a few calories, less sodium, and extra potassium than a sports drink. Many unflavored coconut glasses of water have 1.3 grams sugar, 5.45 calories and 61 milligrams of potassium and 5.50 milligrams of sodium, which is compared to Gatorade, which contains 1.75 grams of sugar, 3.75 grams of milligrams, 6.25 calories and 13.75 milligrams of sodium.

It has very less amount of sugar than any other sports drinks, sodas, and fruit juices. It will be better for adults and kids to drink plain coconut water.

Perfect for athletes

Coconut water is often referred to as “nature’s perfect sports drink” and a “life enhancer.” This is mainly because it’s high in calcium, potassium, and sodium. All three of the nutrients I just mentioned are powerful electrolytes, which the body needs to function properly. Athletes lose electrolytes through their sweat. You can also lose electrolytes if you don’t drink enough fluid and become dehydrated. To keep your body balanced, you need to replenish those electrolytes as soon as possible. One of the best ways to do that is to sip on coconut water.

Cardiovascular health

Coconut water is rich in potassium and magnesium and is helpful to those people who suffer from low blood pressure. The risk of heart attack is reduced by this drink.

It normalizes the blood circulation and avoids the formation of plaque. By drinking coconut water daily, it will prevent heat strokes. It also helps to enhance good cholesterol, which makes it an amazing treatment for maintaining good cardiovascular health.

Antimicrobial properties

Coconut water has been tested for its antimicrobial properties as well. It has been noted that coconut water contains biochemicals called peptides, which can kill both gram positive and gram negative bacteria. Thus, drinking coconut water can be very helpful in fighting infections.

Beneficial for cholera

When suffering from cholera, tender coconut water can be very useful. Take two glasses of coconut water and mix it with 3-4 teaspoons of lime juice. This solution is known to bring back the electrolyte balance and should be regularly given to the patient. Coconut water, being a good source of potassium, can be an ideal solution for cholera.

Increases immunity

Rich in nutrients and vitamins like riboflavin, niacin, thiamin and pyridoxine, and folates, coconut water has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties that can help increase your body’s immune system and fight viral infections like flu.

Improves kidney function

Due to its minerals, potassium and magnesium content, coconut water is beneficial to a person suffering from any kidney disease. This water also acts as a diuretic and increases the flow and production of urine.

 

Leave-in conditioner

Coconut water is the perfect way to counteract a dry, itchy or flaky scalp. Massaging coconut water can also help stimulate your scalp. You can make your own coconut water scalp spray in no time: All you need is pure coconut water and jojoba or avocado oil. Use half a cup of coconut water mixed with four tablespoons of your oil. Spray it onto your hair before washing as a scalp treatment to massage your hair follicles or use after shampooing and conditioning to calm your scalp.

Well, the fact is many of the celebrities these days go in for cosmetic surgeries, which help them get bigger, firmer breasts. The procedures are very expensive and often come with side effects. Since times immemorial, women with bigger breasts are considered to be more attractive. It is also believed that, this concept originated during the ancient times, where men believed that women with bigger breasts were more fertile. Although, today, it is more of a fashion trend than anything else. If you are yearning to increase the size of your breasts, but cannot afford to go in for expensive surgeries to do so, or if you are scared of the potential side effects of cosmetic surgery, then worry not, as there is one solution to increase breast size, right at home.

Here are some natural remedies that will help you enlarge your breast size:

Regular breast massages

Many women want to increase their breast size, but think that the only way to do it is through expensive surgeries. This is not true. In fact, there are special massage techniques that have increased breast size of many women safely and naturally. This specialized breast massage helps to increase blood circulation in the breast. With more blood flowing to the breasts, they are then able to pull phytoestrogens from the bloodstream, which helps them to grow. Regular massage can also trigger your body to produce prolactin, which is a hormone that helps the breasts to develop in puberty and pregnancy.

Eat estrogen-rich foods

Hormone imbalance can be one of the reasons for smaller breasts, says the site. Too much testosterone in the female body can inhibit breast growth. Thus, eating certain estrogen-rich foods counterbalances the testosterone and can cause enlargement of breasts. For foods high in estrogen, try fruits such as apples, cherries, tomatoes, pomegranates and papaya. For vegetables, look to cucumbers, potatoes, carrots, yams and pumpkin. Soy products and dairy products are also sources of estrogen, as well as whole grains such as oats and brown rice. In addition, limiting your intake of carbohydrate-rich foods can decrease your testosterone levels, thereby reducing the inhibition of breast growth.

Red clover

For those women who are looking for natural ways for augmentation of breast this herb will be extremely useful for them. The presence of phyto-estrogens and genistein helps the breast in enlargement. It is a very safe herb and used in many other ways also.

Wild yam

This plant has been used to treat many women’s health related problems for centuries. The presences of phytonutrients which are good component in the breast augmentation are present in it.

 Onion Juice

This may seem surprising, but it could really help with breast enlargement. In addition to the fact of increasing the firmness of the breast, it also increases the size of boobs.

Follow the steps below:

  • Take a proper amount of onions that are enough to cover your breasts
  • Grind the prepared onions to extract its juice
  • Apply it over your breast in the evening before hitting the hay
  • Rinse it off with water in the morning

Radish

You can consume radish daily for breast enlargement. It can act as an astringent to improve the supply of blood to local cells and tissues.

It also facilitates appropriate distribution of fats and helps deposition of fats in the breasts, thus increasing their size.

Lending its hallmark peppery/earthy flavor and vivid yellow-gold color to traditional South Asian and Middle Eastern dishes, turmeric is an unmistakable spice. But when you add up the mounting number of studies chronicling the health benefits of turmeric, it’s clear that you’re wise to move beyond those traditional uses and start using it in all sorts of dishes. These days, turmeric has duly earned its place in your spice rack.

In its acceptance speech of this place of honor among your most highly ranked spices, turmeric would be remiss to not give credit to curcumin. Curcumin is the compound that gives the spice its trademark color and trademark health benefits, including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antitumor, antibacterial, and antiviral properties

Here are some easy and delicious turmeric smoothie recipes:

Mango and turmeric vitamin C smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1 large orange such as a navel orange with the rind removed
  • 1/2 in peeled fresh turmeric or about 1/4-1/2 TB turmeric powder
  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks

Instructions

  • Add the ingredients to a high-speed blender starting with the liquid/soft ingredients and finally adding the frozen (hard) mango chunks.
  • Blend the smoothie for 40-60 seconds, until well combined.

 

Pineapple turmeric smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • ½ tsp grated fresh ginger
  • ½ tsp grated fresh turmeric
  • ¼ of a cucumber
  • ¼ of a pineapple
  • 1 Tbsp hemp hearts
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • ½ cup coconut water
  • ½ cup coconut milk

 

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to blender.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Enjoy within 20 minutes post-workout.

 

Golden Beet, Carrot and Turmeric Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 2 golden beets, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 banana, peeled, sliced and frozen
  • 4 mandarin oranges, peeled
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1½ cup cold water
  • Optional Topping
  • grated carrot
  • hemp seeds

Instructions

Add all ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and add any optional toppings.

 

Wild blueberry and turmeric smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen Wild Blueberries
  • 1 cup brewed green tea
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup cashews, raw, unsalted
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Pour into glass; garnish if desired.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!

 

Carrot, ginger and turmeric smoothie

Ingredients

 

  • 1 large ripe banana, previously peeled, sliced and frozen (more for a sweeter smoothie)
  • 1 cup (140 g) frozen or fresh pineapple
  • 1/2 Tbsp fresh ginger (1 small knob, peeled)
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric (or sub cinnamon)
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) carrot juice
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice (~1/2 small lemon)
  • 1 cup (240 ml) unsweetened almond milk

Instructions

  • To the blender add smoothie ingredients and blend on high until creamy and smooth. Add more carrot juice or almond milk if it has trouble blending. Scrape down sides as needed.
  • Taste and adjust flavors as needed, adding more banana or pineapple for sweetness, lemon for acidity, ginger for bite, and turmeric for warmth.
  • Divide between two glasses and serve. Best when fresh.

Has your skin become lifeless? Has your natural glow vanished by the pollution, which has settled on your face? Do you want to prevent pre-mature ageing and avoid wrinkles on your face? What if I tell you there is only one solution to all these problems and to top it all off it is something that is easily available in most of the Indian households, is easy on the pocket and hands down one of the most effective natural remedy

of all time? Okay, keeping all speculations aside, let me break the name to you, it is turmeric or haldi. Turmeric has long been considered as the ultimate home remedy for various kinds of health problems.

Here are some amazing facial mask recipes with turmeric:

Chickpea yoghurt and turmeric face mask

Ingredients

 

  • 1 tablespoon chickpea flour
  • 1 tablespoon yoghurt
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon water (to mix easily)

Method:

Mix all ingredients together, if the mixture is too dry add more water accordingly. Smooth out the mixture and use a brush to apply evenly throughout your face and neck, wait for at least 20 minutes for it to dry. Wash your face with lukewarm water and gently pat your face dry.

 

Turmeric yogurt and honey face mask

If your skin is neither dry nor oily (or maybe even a little bit of both), you’re in luck: Either milk or yogurt will do the trick. Both allow the turmeric to easily to spread over your face which will in turn brighten and soften your skin. Pick your poison, add a pinch of turmeric powder, and then squirt in a bit of high-quality honey. This is amazing for a skin that’s a little, well, confused. Honey is humectant, so it will hydrate your skin. It also is acne’s worst nightmare, which makes it a great ingredient for those who have dry and acne-prone patches.

 

Radiant skin turmeric face mask

To make the double-radiance turmeric face mask, just blend one teaspoon of avocado with one teaspoon of yogurt as well as 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder.

To use:

You can apply this mask to your clean, dry face and allow it to work for 5 minutes. Once the mask has done its work, wash it off with cold water and pat dry to reveal beautifully radiant skin!

Baobab and turmeric face mask

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tsp Aduna Baobab Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 15g oats
  • 2 tsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp natural yoghurt
  • 1-2 tsp honey

 

Method: 

Place all the ingredients in a bowl (or a blender) and mix well. Using a brush, apply a thin layer of the mask evenly all over your face (avoiding the eye and mouth area).

Leave on for 15-20 minutes, then wash off using warm water and a flannel. Pat your skin dry with a clean, dry towel.

Some of the benefits that you will get are:

  • Turmeric is high in antioxidants that slow down cell damage.
  • It’s widely used as a skin exfoliant and improves skin’s texture.
  • It helps with inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne, dry skin, psoriasis and eczema.
  • It helps reduce pigmentation and even out the skin tone.
  • It is also said to diminish wrinkles.

 

Pycnogenol is made from pine bark extract that is a powerful antioxidant promoted to provide many health and cognitive benefits including improvement in concentration and memory to reducing symptoms of menopause and providing younger looking skin and more.Pycnogenol is the registered US trademark name for a pine bark extract that comes from Maritime pine trees found in southern France and Quebec Canada, called Pinus pinaster.

This herbal medicine is thought to be filled with phytonutrients and has been noted to be highly researched in the past few years. It is now one of the best selling dietary supplements believed to provide many health benefits.

Pycnogenol is promoted to support a slew of human health benefits including improvement in certain cognitive functions, eye health, heart health, maintenance of healthy skin, lowering cholesterol levels, allergies, reducing high blood pressure, prevention of many diseases and slowing down the aging process.

Studies have found that Pycnogenol slows down a minimum of five key aging mechanisms including:

  • Cell membrane damage
  •  Inflammation
  •  Oxidative stress
  • Glycation (sugar-induced inflammation)
  • DNA damage

Some of its amazing benefits are:

Joint pain

Several recent studies report that one benefit of pycnogenol is a decrease in joint pain, while improving joint function. This makes it an excellent choice for bodybuilders and athletes suffering from pain in their knees, shoulders or other joints.

Skin

For the skin, pycnogenol offers anti-inflammatory and anti-atherogenic benefits. These skin care benefits of pycnogenol can help relieve atopic dermatitis, lupus erythematosus, and psoriasis.

Prevents from degenerative diseases

The antioxidant pycnogenol can be used as first hand prevention against degenerative diseases – or the diseases related to aging. Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and dementias. Taking pycnogenol supplements during adulthood can be considered prevention against these age-related health problems.

 

Relieves pain

Pine bark contains a number of different nutrient systems, one of which is important for pain reduction. The main compounds in pycnogenol help fight pain and inflammation throughout your body. It also helps to lower stress, so you experience pain with a lower intensity.

 

Supports oxygen flow

Another important attribute of pycnogenol is it supports adequate oxygen supply throughout your body. When you are participating in sports or exercise, your body is under oxidative stress, which increases your metabolism and an increase in oxygen consumption. Pine bark helps your body best utilize that oxygen and protects it from additional free radicals so you are always able to perform your best.

 

Asthma

Treatment of pycnogenol decreases the level of circulating inflammatory substances in the blood stream and has been shown to improve asthma symptoms and the lung function. Pycnogenol inhibits expression of 5-lipoxygenase and therefore decreasesleukotriene levels in asthmatic patients. According to a study of 2002; that pycnogenol may decrease asthma symptom scores and levels of circulating leukotrienes, molecules that cause inflammation. (International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics – number of April 2002).

Pycnogenol is a worthwhile supplement for those who need to get their health under control. It is a recent breakthrough and is relatively easy to produce. Suppliers are touting the benefits that it has to offer. It will be up to consumers to test out Pycnogenol and determine whether they are feeling real effects. Given the positive reviews it has received, this is a supplement that should be on the shelves of health fanatics.