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Also known as Vitis vinifera.
This has the same active ingredients as Pycnogenol. Proanthocyanidin is a natural, plant-extract bio-flavonoid that is considered the most powerful antioxidant known to man. Research has shown it to be 20 times more powerful than Vitamin C and 50 times more powerful than Vitamin E as an antioxidant.
Easily absorbed by the body, this water-soluble flavonoid has a unique ability to eliminate damaging free radicals thus reducing inflammation, rebuilding collagen, helping to repair damaged tissue and restoring flexibility to arthritis damaged joints. It is said to improve circulation, strengthen capillaries and the cardiovascular system, improve skin elasticity and smoothness, and reactivate damaged collagen.
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In natural medicine, artichoke leaves are used to stimulate the kidneys and the flow of bile from the liver and gallbladder. It is traditionally classified as a ‘bitter’ and has been used to assist digestion. The major active components are sesquiterpene, lactone, cynarin and Caffeoylquinic acids. Artichoke leaf has been shown to lower cholesterol.
Research has show echinacea has immune stimulating properties, and potent antiseptic and antibiotic actions. It has been shown to increase bodily resistance to infections, viruses and diseases, increasing white blood cells. This makes it an excellent treatment for fighting colds and flu.
Green tea contains Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG), a powerful antioxidant - at least 100 more times more effective than vitamin C - at protecting cells and DNA from damage believed to be linked to cancer, heart disease, and other serious illnesses. It also helps metabolise fat and aids weight management.
Vitamin D, dubbed 'the sunshine vitamin', is fat-soluble and naturally present in very few foods. It is essential for promoting calcium absorption in the gut and maintaining adequate serum calcium and phosphate concentrations to enable normal mineralisation of bone and bone growth. It also modulates nueromuscular and immune function.
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