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male systems check Supplements to support men’s health.

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From the Editor’s Desk Health Pulse

Elderberry eases cold symptoms • Algae for bone health • Magnesium thwarts hypertension, diabetes • Vitamin D reduces fracture risk • More

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In Focus

The many uses of hemp, and an update on its legal status.

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The Goods Herbal Healing

Science is helping curcumin work better.

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Tips for healing (and preventing) sprains.

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The scoop on Pycnogenol. Cover: Hawthorn fruit against a blue sky.

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Hi guys Whether from Mars or Earth or somewhere else entirely, you fellas can sometimes be perplexing to us gals. The opposite, I’m well aware, is also quite true. But I always find that when understanding is elusive, it helps to focus on the facts we know. In this case, this approach can also be good for men’s health. If we know, for example, the warning signs of prostate conditions ranging from annoying to life-threatening, we’ll tune in to that forecast when it comes to our male loved ones. If certain supplements have been shown in studies to support cardiac health, and we know that heart disease is the number-one killer of men, we’ll take note. For these benefits, and in honor of Father’s Day and National Men’s Health Week (June 13-19), we all can put aside our differences and turn to page 12 to learn more of these helpful facts. Heard of hemp? Sure, lots of rope used to be made out of it, and hemp seed oil was introduced to health and beauty products more than a decade ago, but until recently it had been illegal to grow the stuff in the US for the better part of a century. That’s because of its relationship to its cousin, marijuana, which remains illicit in most places in this country. But awareness of hemp has been boosted by the annual Hemp History Week (June 6-12) and some research that supports a component of hemp as a treatment for a number of ills, including epilepsy. This month, we dig deeper into the history and potential benefits of this fastgrowing plant, starting on page 18. Another herbal catching a lot of attention these days is curcumin. This derivative of turmeric, the spice that makes Indian food and other cuisines gloriously golden and flavorful, has numerous health benefits. But until recently it was hard to get enough, aside from eating it often, to realize those benefits. Science has succeeded, according to several studies and a review of many others, in creating formulas of this major do-gooder that help our bodies absorb its goodness. See page 25 for more on those developments. And if you’ve never heard of Pycnogenol, or French maritime pine bark extract, turn to page 30, where an excerpt of the book The Pycnogenol Phenomenon describes why the book’s authors think this trademarked substance is so . . . phenomenal. To your good health!

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healthpulse flying? consider elderberry

Taking an elderberry extract before and after air travel may reduce cold symptoms, according to a new study. The supplement did not appear to lower the risk of developing a cold, but it did ease symptoms and shorten the duration of colds. More than 300 economy-class passengers traveling overseas from Australia participated in the study. They received either a placebo or the elderberry supplement (600 milligrams [mg] for eight days prior to the flight, followed by 900 mg the day before the flight and for four days after). Colds were significantly shorter in the elderberry group, with less severe symptoms. “Elderberry Supplementation Reduces Cold Duration and Symptoms in Air Travelers . . .” by E. Tiralongo et al., Nutrients, 3/24/16

algae supplement increases bone density

An algae-based calcium supplement increased bone mineral density (BMD) in women with age-related bone loss. No negative effects or safety issues were seen. The supplement—which also included vitamins C, D3, and K2, magnesium, and other nutrients—boosted BMD by about 1 percent per year, or 7.3 percent in those who took it for seven years. Normal age-related bone loss averages about 1 percent per year in women after midlife, so the gains are significant. The supplement generated consistent growth over the seven years of the study. That’s in contrast to previous studies of calcium, which had found that the mineral can slow age-related declines in BMD but not reverse it. “A 7-Year Longitudinal Trial of the Safety and Efficacy of a Vitamin/Mineral Enhanced Plant-Sourced Calcium Supplement” by G.R. Kaats et al., Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 2016

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magnesium protects arteries

Magnesium plays a significant role in reducing the risk of hypertension, diabetes, and calcification of coronary arteries, according to a new study. The research adds to the long list of health benefits linked to the mineral, which is essential for muscle and nerve function, the immune system, bone health, and hundreds of processes in the body. Nearly 1,300 generally healthy adults ages 30 to 75 participated in the study. Those who tested in the top fourth for serum magnesium had 48 percent lower odds of hypertension and 69 percent lower odds of Type 2 diabetes compared to those in the lowest fourth. In addition, the researchers linked low serum magnesium to higher rates of coronary artery calcification, “a marker of atherosclerosis and a predictor of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.” Magnesium is readily available in supplement form. Good food sources include spinach, nuts, beans, avocados, and bananas. “Serum Magnesium Is Inversely Associated with Coronary Artery Calcification in the Genetics of Atherosclerotic Disease (GEA) Study” by R. Posadas-Sanchez et al., Nutr J, 3/1/16

D may limit stress fractures

People who participate in high-impact exercise can reduce their risk for stress fractures by maintaining higher levels of vitamin D. Researchers tested blood levels of the vitamin in patients with confirmed stress fractures. They determined that more than 80 percent of them had insufficient or deficient levels, based on recommendations of the Vitamin D Council. Vitamin D is essential for bone density and development. “Low Levels of Vitamin D May Increase Risk of Stress Fractures in Active Individuals,” Elsevier Health Sciences, 12/14/15

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t’ai chi may help reduce falls

Falls are a leading cause of injury in older adults, but exercise programs that build strength and balance can help reduce the number of spills.

Researchers found that the ancient Chinese practice of t’ai chi, which combines postures and gentle movements with mental focus, breathing exercises, and relaxation, is more effective in preventing falls than “lower extremity training” (LET), which focuses on stretching, muscle strengthening, and balance training. Study participants were at least 60 years old and had visited an emergency room because of a fall. For 24 weeks, they took part in a weekly t’ai chi program or

LET training, and were asked to practice daily at home. During that time, members of the t’ai chi group were significantly less likely to have an injurious fall than those in the LET program. For an additional year after the program, those who had participated in t’ai chi were about 50 percent less likely to have an injury-causing fall. Their cognitive functions also improved to a greater extent than did those in the LET group. “Effects of Home-Based Tai Chi and Lower Extremity Training and Self-Practice on Falls . . .” by H.F. Hwang et al., Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 3/16 ● “Practicing Tai Chi Reduces Risk of Falling in Older Adults,” American Geriatrics Society, 3/11/16

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T’ai chi and other traditional Chinese exercises appear to be beneficial for people with heart disease or high blood pressure. A review of 10 studies found that the exercises helped reduce systolic blood pressure (the top number) by more than nine points and diastolic pressure by more than five, on average. The researchers also found modest reductions in LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides. “Chinese Exercises May Improve Cardiovascular Health,” American Heart Association, 3/9/16

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By Victoria Dolby Toews, MPH

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key supplements for men’s health concerns

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It’s a good idea—for men, just as it is for anyone else—to review your dietary supplement plan to take into account current or anticipated health concerns. Think of it as a head-to-toe overhaul. For guys, this systems check should definitely touch on key health concerns that predominately plague men. Heart health

“With heart and blood vessel disease being the number one killer of men, as well as a major cause of disability, it is critical that you take good care of your heart,” urges Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, author of Real Cause, Real Cure (Rodale Books). Coenzyme Q10 is a great supplement for heart health, especially for anyone taking a cholesterol-lowering medication. Since these medications deplete this vitally important nutrient, Dr. Teitelbaum recommends supplementing with 400 milligrams (mg) of coenzyme Q10 daily for six weeks, then continuing on a maintenance dose of 200 mg daily. One of the safest and most impressive herbs to consider is hawthorn (Crataegus spp), a slowacting, antioxidant-rich cardiovascular tonic that

nourishes the heart and improves circulation. The mineral zinc serves as a mild heart protector, since “a low level of this antioxidant in the blood increases the risk of heart attack,” Dr. Teitelbaum explains, while zinc supplements in older adults lower heart disease markers (such as C-reactive protein). Aim for 15 mg of zinc daily. The most important on Dr. Teitelbaum’s short list: magnesium. This mineral “increases the strength of your heart muscle and helps keep heart rhythms steady and smooth.” He recommends 200 mg daily or up to 400 mg (although this can trigger diarrhea in some sensitive people).

Prostate problems The prostate gland can be the location of several health concerns, ranging from harmless—but bothersome—to severe.

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Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a common, noncancerous prostate condition. The urinary urge and frequency caused by BPH can be vexing. Many men find symptom relief from saw palmetto supplements, with research typically based on 320 mg of saw palmetto extract daily. Prostatitis, which also causes the symptoms of frequent and urgent need to urinate and pain with urination, can be aided by saw palmetto supplements too. One out of every six men develops prostate cancer in his lifetime; it’s a leading cause of cancer-related death for men, second only to lung cancer. Lycopene, a member of the carotenoid family and a powerful antioxidant, has been shown in several

studies to reduce the risk of developing or dying from prostate cancer (generally in the amount of 15 mg per day). Lycopene is most abundant in tomatoes and foods made from tomatoes. Lycopene supplement absorption improves when it’s taken with a meal containing a little fat.

Joint junctions

One in every five American men reports joint pain (generally from either osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis), notes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A great go-to for joint relief is curcumin, which is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory extracted from the spice turmeric. This herbal extract offers relief for aching joints without the

Pick your male multi Almost everyone (not just men) misses the mark at least a little when it comes to eating the perfect diet. Think of a good multivitamin/ mineral as a safety net to fill in any nutritional gaps. A multi makes sense for all men, but especially for anyone who has a diet low in fruit and vegetables or tends to eat the same foods day in and day out. It’s a good idea to get a gender-specific multi designed with a man in mind. For example, while iron is important for women, most men should avoid extra iron; so check that your multi doesn’t include this mineral. You might even select a multi that include herbs and nutrients that are valuable for prostate health (e.g., lycopene) or heart (e.g., zinc).

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risk of adverse effects associated with conventional medications. But it’s not just about masking discomfort. Research shows that curcumin can help rebuild joint tissue by replacing damaged cartilage with new, healthy cartilage. Aim for 400 mg of curcumin twice a day. All areas of connective tissue in the body contain collagen. This protein plays an important role in healthy joints. Supplementing with a form called collagen hydrolysate offers joint benefits, particularly for those with osteoarthritis. Research with a group of 80 people with knee

or hip osteoarthritis indicates that 2,000 mg of collagen daily results in less pain and better joint function.

Bedroom woes

While erectile dysfunction is reported by just five percent of 40-year-olds, the numbers go up to 15 to 20 percent of 65-yearolds. Clearly, there is a higher risk as the years go by. Erectile dysfunction can be triggered by a circulation issue, depression, anxiety, or diabetes, or it can be a side effect of a medication. The herb ginkgo promotes circulation to the blood vessels that feed the

brain, and that same mechanism of action is thought to boost blood flow to the penis, which would be beneficial in garden-variety erectile dysfunction. For erectile issues due to prostate surgery, this herb could also help. A typical dose, based on research, is 240 mg of ginkgo extract daily.

Victoria Dolby Toews, MPH, has been a health journalist for more than two decades; her latest book is Life After Baby: Rediscovering and Reclaiming Your Healthy Pizzazz (Basic Health Publications, 2012).

“Curcumin Mediated Suppression of Nuclear Factor-kB Promotes Chondrogenic Differentiation of Mesenchymal Stem Cells in a High-Density Co-Culture Microenvironment” by C. Buhrmann et al., Arthritis Res Ther, 2010 ● “Effect of Ginkgo biloba Extract (EGb-761) on Recovery of Erectile Dysfunction in Bilateral Cavernous Nerve Injury Rat Model” by Y.N. Wu et al., Urology, 5/15 ● “Effect of the Novel Low Molecular Weight Hydrolyzed Chicken Sternal Cartilage Extract, BioCell Collagen, on Improving Osteoarthritis-Related Symptoms: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial” by A.G. Schauss et al., J Agric Food Chem, 4/12 ● “Efficacy and Safety of Saw Palmetto Extract Capsules in the Treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia” by X.B. Ju et al., Zhonghua Nan Ke Xue, 12/15 ● “Improving BPH Symptoms and Sexual Dysfunctions with a Saw Palmetto Preparation? Results from a Pilot Trial” by A. Suter et al., Phytother Res, 2/13 ● “Lycopene, Tomato Products and Prostate Cancer-Specific Mortality Among Men Diagnosed with Nonmetastatic Prostate Cancer in the Cancer Prevention Study II Nutrition Cohort” by Y. Wang et al., Int J Cancer, 6/16 ● Personal Communication: Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, 5/16

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in focus

hemp awareness Long prized for its strength and versatility, hemp has a storied past and, say its proponents, a future that shows promise for people suering from conditions including epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and schizophrenia.

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But while hemp won’t get you high, it has been tied, in United States law, to a plant that will: Marijuana, a different variety of cannabis that contains significant amounts of the narcotic ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). That’s meant that the growth, importation, and use of hemp have been in question since the 1930s, when the cultivation of cannabis was banned. Still, US markets have been flooded in recent years with hemp products from countries where its production is legal, including Canada, and the federal 2014 Farm Bill allows states to certify and register universities and

state agriculture departments to grow industrial hemp for research purposes. What’s the current legal status of hemp, and what’s the current research saying about cannabidiol (CBD), the hemp component that’s being studied for its medicinal properties? Read on.

Hemp in review Evidence of cord, clothing, and fabric made from hemp fiber dates back to Stone Age Taiwan, second century BC China, and the Confucian Book of Rites. The Vikings used

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it to make sails and rope. Closer to home, King James I decreed that every property owner in colonial Jamestown, VA, grow hemp to be made into rope and canvas for British ships. Today, hemp produced in other countries is used to make products that range from clothing to fuel to plastics to building materials and, notably, experimental drugs made from CBD, a component of the cannabis plant. The passage of the 2014 Farm Bill opened the door to hemp cultivation in the US. The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015, which was introduced in Congress over a year ago, would remove hemp that contains no more than a trace amount of THC from the controlled substance list, meaning it could be legally produced in this country. Currently, more than half of US states have taken action to study or establish some form of hemp research program, or to permit industrial hemp cultivation once a federal law is passed or waiver granted. To find out what the law is in your state, check out the website for the National Conference of State Legislatures, www.ncsl.org, and search for “hemp.” In addition, more than three dozen states now allow access to medical marijuana and/ or CBD oil. You can find a complete list at www.SafeAccessNow.org.

The science on CBD Because cannabidiol is being studied as a drug, it is not considered a dietary supplement under US Food and Drug Administration regulations. But products containing CBD can be found on the market here in the US and in the form of prescription drugs in some other countries. They are used by people to treat conditions including multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and anxiety. Be sure to consult with a healthcare practitioner before using hemp medicinally. Animal and cell-culture research indicates that CBD may have anti-seizure, antioxidant, neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory, pain-

relieving, anti-tumor, antipsychotic, and anxiety reducing properties. It does not appear to have major side effects. London-based GW Pharmaceuticals, which is conducting trials of a nearly pure cannabidiol drug, announced promising results in March. The drug, Epidiolex, was given to 60 children with a rare form of epilepsy—Dravet syndrome—which causes an average of 13 convulsive seizures per day. An equal number of young Dravet patients received a placebo. Over 14 weeks, those given the drug experienced a 39 percent reduction in seizures, compared to a 13 percent reduction for the placebo group. Another GW product, Sativex, a prescription drug containing both THC and cannabidiol, hasn’t been approved for use in the United States, but is used in more than 25 other countries to treat certain symptoms of multiple sclerosis. In June 2015, Nora D. Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, testified before the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control. Her topic? “The Biology and Potential Therapeutic Effects of Cannabidiol.” “There is significant preliminary research supporting the potential therapeutic value of CBD,” she told the senators, “and while it is not yet sufficient to support drug approval, it highlights the need for rigorous clinical research in this area.”

The upshot The final verdict isn’t in yet on the medical use of cannabidiol, but initial studies indicate that it may prove beneficial as a drug. As the federal government and individual states expand industrial hemp production for research and commercial purposes, studies of CBD’s potential therapeutic uses can be expanded as well. For people dealing with some of the conditions that have been identified as potentially benefiting from a prescription CBD drug, that could mean good news down the road. —Jane Eklund

“8 Things You Didn’t Know About Hemp” by Carey Reed, PBS NewsHour, www.PBS.org, 10/17/15 ● “The Biology and Potential Therapeutic Effects of Cannabidiol” by Nora D. Volkow, National Institute on Drug Abuse, www.drugabuse. gov, 6/24/15 ● “Cannabidiol,” www.WebMD.com ● “Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015,” www.Congress.gov ● “Marijuana-Based Drug Found to Reduce Epileptic Seizures” by Andrew Pollack, The New York Times, 3/14/16 ● “State Industrial Hemp Statutes,” National Conference of State Legislatures, www.ncsl.org, 3/4/2016 ● “What Is Hemp?” www.hemp.com

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Curcumin is heating up. The powerful antioxidant compound that gives turmeric its golden-yellow color, curcumin has been shown to have substantial health benefits. It’s been used for ages in Asian food and medicine—particularly in India—and is touted for its role in treating or preventing cardiovascular disease, metabolic disorders, digestive issues, and even certain cancers. Peer-reviewed studies from this year alone have investigated its positive effects on such diverse conditions as lung cancer, stress, and high triglycerides.

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Wakunaga Kyolic Curcumin is a unique combination that specifically targets the inflammatory response to safely and effectively support healthy tissues and organs throughout the body.

But the most significant problem with curcumin as a health remedy has been its lack of “bioavailability.” In other words, in its pure form the compound is not well absorbed by the human body. Fortunately, a new wave of research has developed methods for increasing bioavailability. They include formulations that lead to better absorption in the digestive tract, better distribution of the compound to various organs, and a pathway for crossing the bloodbrain barrier to aid cognitive health.

Increased effectiveness The authors of a new review in the journal Molecules write that curcumin “has been subjected to several modifications in its structure and administration . . . that have permitted an increase in bioavailability and effectiveness against different diseases.” They noted that early studies on curcumin found that the rate of absorption was as low as 1 percent, “so very high doses of curcumin are necessary to achieve any beneficial effects.” The new formulations have begun to address that problem. One study found that curcumin in a water-soluble base with other 26

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antioxidants and cellulose was absorbed 46 times better than pure curcumin. And a team from Ohio State University has developed a mix of curcumin powder, castor oil, and polyethylene glycol that dissolves in the gut and is easily absorbed. Another potential absorptionenhancer is lecithin, an essential fat that is found in foods such as soybeans and egg yolks.

Beat the heat Curcumin’s benefits appear to stem from its ability to decrease inflammation. Since inflammation is known to play a role in the development of diseases ranging from arthritis to diabetes to Alzheimer’s, it comes as little surprise that curcumin can have modulating effects on those conditions. The authors of the Molecules review wrote that “Curcumin is able to decrease inflammation by interacting with many inflammatory processes.” That may lead to its use in treating inflammatory bowel disease, Parkinson’s disease, liver disorders, high blood pressure, elevated blood lipids, and high blood glucose.

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protect against abnormal thickening of the heart muscle (cardiac fibrosis) following a heart attack. A promising study from last year found reductions in triglycerides and LDL (bad) cholesterol in patients with coronary artery disease. They took 500-milligram capsules four times a day for eight weeks. Another recent study found that curcumin may reduce or prevent delayed onset muscle damage following a hard workout.

Taste test Despite its relatively low bioavailability, even curcumin from food (in turmeric) appears to convey health benefits. “Particularly, the effects associated to Indian or Nepalese diets have been related with spe-

cific compounds such as curcumin and other curcuminoids,” wrote the authors of the Molecules report. Another study from this spring reported that “curcumin consumption, in an ordinary diet, can have health-beneficial effects, including being helpful in maintaining blood glucose and triglyceride levels that become dysregulated with age.” Turmeric lends a slightly hot, spicy taste to many foods. Adding some black pepper increases its effectiveness. Try it in rice dishes, in scrambled eggs, or with lentils or —Cameron Hendrix beans.

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Until 1999, Prof. Rohdewald was teaching pharmaceutical chemistry at the University of Münster, Germany. He is the inventor of several patents and author of more than 200 publications. His fields of interest covered in his first years as a researcher problems of physical chemistry and pharmaceutical technology. Later he studied the connection between drug concentrations in blood and the resulting pharmacological action of analgesics, antihistaminics and glucocorticoids. His experience in analytics was the reason to start with investigations on Pycnogenol®. After establishing analytics, production and testing of Pycnogenol®, Prof. Rohdewald established a world-wide network of clinical research with Pycnogenol®. Until today, he is still involved in research, directed to explore the full potential of Pycnogenol® for human health.

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Peter Rohdewald, PhD, is a retired researcher at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Münster and a scientific consultant for Horphag Research. He has published more than 167 articles and two textbooks. Richard Passwater, PhD, is director of research for the Selenium Nutritional Research Center in Berlin, MD. He has written more than 45 books on nutrition, and was awarded the James Lind Scientific Achievement Award and the John Peter Zenger Free Press Award in 2004.

Numerous clinical studies prove the natural nutritional supplement Pycnogenol, derived from French maritime pine bark, can significantly improve your health. No matter how poor or how good your current health, the evidence from hundreds of studies over several decades is clear that Pycnogenol will bring you important health benefits. The evidence is that Pycnogenol helps maintain wellness by reducing the damage that ages your body and leads to many of the non-germ diseases associated with aging and decreased longevity. Pycnogenol can also help strengthen your immune system to protect you from germ diseases. Other Pycnogenol benefits support an active lifestyle, and maintain vitality, physical strength, mental health, and general well-being. This includes “quality of life” concerns such as energy, healthy skin, a healthy sex life, and normal, pain-free movement. Our concern is that these health benefits are not widely known. Millions already benefit from Pycnogenol, but the vast majority of people have not heard of it. Our final goal is to share information about these documented health benefits and how they can help us all live better longer. As researchers, we have helped elucidate many of these health benefits, but unless they are put into practical use, our efforts will have been in vain. It is of little use to make a discovery if it remains buried in research files. Surely you must be wondering how one nutritional supplement can have so many health benefits. As scientists, we are trained to be skeptical, and we hope you as readers and consumers are skeptics as well. With close examination, the facts become self-explanatory. We are often asked how one nutritional supplement can have so many benefits. The short explanation for the multitude of health benefits is that Pycnogenol is not merely one nutrient, but a precise, complex mixture of scarce nutrients, each of which may have multiple functions. The nutrients of Pycnogenol are lacking in most diets. They are primarily of a class of phytonutrients (plant-derived nutrients) called bioflavonoids. It is only recently that scientists have found that bioflavonoids are so vital, yet lacking in modern diets. – Adapted from The Pycnogenol Phenomenon by Peter Rohdewald, PhD, and Richard A. Passwater, PhD ($16.95, Basic Health, 2016)

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