Asthma & Hay Fever
"Many people who are allergic
(sensitive) to various chemicals have found that their allergies disappeared
soon after taking antioxidant nutrients for some other reason such as protection
against cancer or heart disease." ("The Antioxidants"
by Richard A. Passwater, Ph.D., 1985)
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"Asthma and hayfever are discussed together
since the mechanism responsible for the development , as well as treatment,
are similar in both.
Asthma is an allergic disorder characterized by spasm
of the bronchial tubes and excessive excretion of a viscous mucous in the
lungs that can lead to difficult breathing. It occurs as recurrent attacks,
which range from mild wheezing to a life-threatening inability to breathe."
(Enclycopedia of Natural Medicine, by Michael Murray, N.D. and Joseph Pizzorno,
"Allergy and asthma both involve histamine release,
but asthma is more reliant on leukotriene and prostaglandin ratios, whereas
allergy is primarily mediated by histamine. In the United States particularly,
allergies are often treated with antihistamines. Antihistamines are also
widely used to suppress the running noses of the common cold.
Antihistamines work by interfering with the binding of
histamine to cells after its release. Pycnogenol® and some other bioflavinoids
act to prevent histamine release in the first place, thereby reducing
all adverse effects of histamine, not just interfering with their effects
on target cells.
The implication readily noticed by European physicians
is that flavanoids, especially Pycnogenol®, are a better approach to
allergy and asthma management than antihistamines." (Pycnogenol, The
Super "Protector" Nutrient, Richard A. Passwater, Ph.D. &
Chithan Kandaswami, Ph.D.,1994).
Inflammatory Diseases Involve Free Radicals
"Allergy has been described as a process of inflammation
now known to be a disorder of the immune system, which is made up of cells
with the capacity for recognizing, evaluating and neutralizing or eliminating
Inflammatory diseases include allergies or sensitivities,
rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, hepatitis, Crohn's disease, lupus
erythematosus, and ulcerative colitis. They all involve free radicals and,
of course, Pycnogenol® quenches free radicals and inhibits the inflammatory
enzymes"("The New Superantioxidant-Plus", pg. 39-40, Keats
"Histamine is one of the more important mediators
in allergic reactions. At the 1990 International Symposium on Pycnogenol,
Dr. D. White of the University of Nottingham reported that it (Pycnogenol®)
greatly reduces the formation of histamine, and thus, reduces inflammation."
Pycnogenol® Popular Relief For Hay
"Hay fever is a common allergy disease. In Finland,
Pycnogenol® is very popular for alleviating hay fever symptoms. As
mentioned previously, histamine is one of the more important mediators
in allergic reactions. At the 1990 International Symposium on Pycnogenol,
Dr. D. White of the University of Nottingham reported that it greatly reduces
the formation of histamine, and thus, reduces inflammation."
"Pycnogenol® also inhibits the degranulation
of mast cells. Mast cells are large cells with coarse granules that contain
histamine. The connective tissue is well-supplied with mast cells. Mast
cells are mediators of inflammation upon contact with antigens.
When mast cells are degranulated, all mediators of the
allergic reaction, including histamine, are liberated from the stock inside
the mast cell, the granula. Thus Pycnogenol® prevents the liberation
of the allergic mediators and the production of one of the main mediators,
histamine."("The New Superantioxidant-Plus", pg. 39-40,
Allergies Disappeared Soon After Taking
"Chemical hypersensitivities are often caused by
free-radical reactions. Some seemingly inert chemicals can be converted
into potent free-radical generators by the action of the body enzymes as
they metabolize the foreign chemicals in an attempt to remove them from
the body. Many people who are allergic (sensitive) to various chemicals
have found that their allergies disappeared soon after taking antioxidant
nutrients for some other reason such as protection against cancer or heart
disease." ("The Antioxidants" by Richard A. Passwater, Ph.D.,
"As an antioxidant, Pycnogenol®, a blend of special
bioflavonoids, reduces free radical-caused tissue damage many times more
effective than vitamin E, potentiates the health giving effects of vitamin
C, and protects brain and nerve tissue with its nearly unique ability to
penetrate the blood brain barrier. It also reduces inflammation and improves
circulation, both relieving the distresses of arthritis, diabetes and stroke
and promoting prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer. And its
ability to bond to collagen promotes renewed youthfulness , flexibility
and body integrity... ("The New Superantioxidant-Plus", Keats
The safety of Pycnogenol® has been reviewed in depth
by Dr. Peter Rohdewald of the Pharmacology Institute of the University
of Munster in Germany during the 1990 International Pycnogenol Symposium
in Bordeaux. Dr. Rohdewald stated Pycnogenol® is a safe natural
product with no adverse side effects whatsoever.("The New Superantioxidant-Plus",
Although we have traced the history of Pycnogenol®
through more than 450 years, and although it has been used for decades,
it seems destined to wider popularity and utility as researchers understand
more about it. We have just scratched the surface.("The New Superantioxidant-Plus",
Not All Pycnogenol® Are Created Equal...
Not all Pycnogenol® are created equal... The excipients,
flow agents, and binders used in preparing Pycnogenol® tablets make
all the difference in how it is absorbed by the body. Many companies use
low quality cellulose to hold the tablets together, and excipients that
make the Pycnogenol® practically non-absorbable. A formulation that
enhances rather than detracts from the body's ability to absorb the Pycnogenol®
is the difference felt by people trying Pycnogenol®. Many brands in
North America test only 10% or 12% bio-available, and none of the other
brands test over 30% bio-available.
Special formulation enables 95% absorption
Our exclusive proprietory formulation (protected with
a second patent) enhances rather than detracts from the body's ability
to absorb the Pycnogenol® (this is bioavailability). Each 20mg tablet
is 95% bio-available.
"The special formulation of this Pycnogenol®
compound has been proven to bring amazing results in numerous clinical
conditions. There are now many companies in the United States now selling
Pycnogenol® and many others now illegally infringing on the registered
trademarked name, selling grape seed extract compounds and mixing it with
pine bark extract.
There has been no scientific research done on these extracts
that can compare with the research done on Pycnogenol®. The results
that I have had with this product, are from only one company, and it has
the compound with the special formulation that Charles Haimoff (president
of Horphag Research Ltd., the Pycnogenol® patent owner) has granted
them exclusively." -Dr. W. LaMar Rosquist, Aging Long Life & Better
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