Horphag manufactures Pycnogenol®, a patented extract derived from the bark of maritime pine trees, grown exclusively as a mono species forest along the coast of southwest France in Les Landes de Gascogne. This unspoiled and natural forest environment is the unique source of Pycnogenol®.
Pycnogenol® is characterised by a standardised profile of bioflavonoids including catechin, epicatechin, taxifolin, monomers, dimers of catechin and epicatechin, oligomeric procyanidnins and phenolic fruit acids such as ferulic acid and caffeic acid.
Pycnogenol® is differentiated from other ingredients in the marketplace because of its extensive research portfolio. More than 190 scientific articles and clinical studies have confirmed Pycnogenol’s® safety and clinical efficacy over the past 35 years. Scientific evidence on its antioxidant capacity and protective action on the vascular system have been published in the most renowned peer reviewed scientific journals.
Pycnogenol® is produced by a validated manufacturing process following good agricultural practice (GAP) and good manufacturing practice (GMP). There is absolutely no application of pesticides during the growing of pine trees or organic solvents during the manufacture of Pycnogenol®.
Pycnogenol® is certified Kosher and Halal and has earned Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS) status in the USA for its applications in foods and beverages. Additionally, Pycnogenol® is protected by several U.S. and international patents.