Pycnogenol is derived from maritime pine bark extract which contains over 40 bio-flavonoids. Plant substances with potent antioxidant potential flavonoids protect the cells from damage by unstable oxygen molecules called free radicals. Pycnogenol is involved in the free radical scavenging ‘mopping up’ of harmful free radicals in the body. Free radicals being unstable molecules caused by by-products of the body’s own metabolism or environmental pollution. Pycnogenol has been used to treat a variety of disorders. Its primary use is in enhancing the health of blood vessels. Pycnogenol has also been shown to be beneficial in helping reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes and to help contribute to healthy skin. Taking two tablets of Bio-Pycnogenol (equivalent to 80 mg) per day is recommended for general well-being and four tablets (equivalent to 160 mg) per day has been shown to give a therapeutic benefit. What differs between Pycnogenol products is the way in which the product is manufactured. Bio-Pycnogenol is manufactured to pharmaceutical standard and is a well balanced product that gives optimum absorption and excellent value for money. There are many scientific papers that show the beneficial effects of Bio-Pycnogenol particularly in its use as an antioxidant and in maintaining a healthy venous system. There are no known side effects or contra-indications. Sugar Yeast Dairy and Gluten free. Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans.