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Pycnogenol® (pic-NOJ-en-all)

French maritime pine bark extract is a high-quality, premium ingredient, a unique blend of natural antioxidants. Over 40 years of research have been dedicated by Horphag to establishing the safety, efficacy and quality of Pycnogenol®.

Pycnogenol® is a natural plant extract originating from the bark of the maritime pine that grows along the coast of southwest France. It is found to contain a unique combination of procyanidins, bioflavonoids and phenolic acids, which offer extensive natural health benefits.

The extract has been widely studied for the past 40 years and has more than 400 published studies and review articles ensuring safety and efficacy as an ingredient. Today, Pycnogenol® French maritime pine bark extract is available in more than 700 dietary supplements, multi-vitamins, cosmetics and health products worldwide.

Research, the cornerstone of our business

Scientific roots
In the 1960s, Horphag’s chairman, Charles Haimoff, initiated a visionary concept of “healthy aging.” In his Berlin-based laboratories, he developed a unique substance, a water-soluble flavonoid extracted from the bark of the French maritime pine tree: Pycnogenol®.

Achievements and commitment to science
Horphag Research’s company mission remains deeply rooted in a commitment to scientific research. Charles Haimoff’s original global vision from decades ago is the driving force behind Horphag’s commitment to research and development today. Pycnogenol® French maritime pine bark extract is now one of the most well-researched ingredients available in the market of science-based and innovative health solutions.

The results of our relentless research can be viewed on Medline, where 98 percent of the publications pertaining to French maritime pine bark extract have been performed based on Pycnogenol®. Comprehensive research and development programs continue to be carried out in partnership with researchers and specialist companies around the world, and new applications for Pycnogenol® are explored every year.

More reading on Pycnogenol® benefits
Cardiovascular Health
Joint Health
Topical Skin Care
Oral Skin Care
Cognitive Health

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Guest: Fred Pescatore, M.D.
Fred Pescatore, MD, MPH, CCN, is a Manhattan-based traditionally-trained physician and internist who specializes in nutritional medicine. He is a globally-renowned health, nutrition and weight-loss expert, as well as the author of nine books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Hamptons Diet and the newly released The A-List Diet. He is the former president of the International and American Association of Clnical Nutritionists and a member of the College for the Advancement of Medicine.

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Administrative Office
Horphag Research
Avenue Louis-Casaï 71
CH-1216 Cointrin
Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: +41 (0)22 710 26 26
Fax: +41 (0)22 710 26 00

Horphag Research USA
5 marine View Plaza, Suite 403
Hoboken, NJ 07030-5722
Tel: +1 201-459-0300
Fax: +1 201-459-0055

About Horphag Research

Horphag Research is the exclusive worldwide supplier and original developers of Pycnogenol® brand French maritime pine park extract.  The company owns the exclusive rights to market and sell Pycnogenol® French maritime pine bark extract and works with hundreds of companies to help them develop innovative and effective Pycnogenol® French maritime pine bark extract product formulas.

Sales to end consumers exceed USD 500 million and Pycnogenol® is sold in more than 80 countries, and Horphag Research owns several US and International patents on Pycnogenol®


Sparked by a visionary concept of Healthy Aging more than 50 years ago, Horphag Research remains deeply rooted in a commitment to scientific research surrounding high quality nutritional ingredients.

Gaining inspiration from individuals of all ages and their quest to look, feel and live better, we are driven to continue looking into the future to develop and offer safe, efficacious, science-based natural health products that truly improve quality of life.

High ethical standards in business and research, respect and protection of natural resources, empowerment of our team members, as well as a strong sense of social responsibility, are key to our future development.

Environmental responsibility

  • Sustainable botanical source
  • No use of pesticides
  • Non GMO material
  • Water cleaning system in production and packaging sites
  • CO2-friendly extraction process
  • No toxic substance released

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