Horphag Research is the exclusive worldwide supplier of Pycnogenol® French maritime pine bark extract. Based in Geneva, Switzerland Horphag has the exclusive rights to market and sell Pycnogenol® and works with hundreds of companies to help them develop innovative and effective Pycnogenol® product formulas. The ingredient is available in more than 700 dietary supplements, multi-vitamins, cosmetic and functional food and beverage products worldwide.
Besides possessing potent and unique antioxidant properties, Pycnogenol® is a water-soluble flavonoid and represents a natural combination of constant proportions of procyanidins, bioflavonoids and organic acids. Pycnogenol® has four basic properties – it’s a powerful antioxidant, acts as a natural anti-inflammatory, selectively binds to collagen and elastin, and finally, it aids in the production of endothelial nitric oxide which helps to vasodilate blood vessels.
Multiple U.S. and international patents have been awarded to Pycnogenol® which exemplify the ingredients wide range of health benefits and its safety and efficacy with regards to each. Pycnogenol® is manufactured with the highest quality through a patented extraction process and is GMP. The ingredient is kosher and GRAS-approved for applications in functional foods and beverages.
More than 340 scientific articles and clinical trials have confirmed Pycnogenol®’s safety, absence of toxicity and clinical efficacy over the past 40 years. Today, Pycnogenol® is one of the most researched ingredients in the natural product marketplace with over 7,000 patients being studied in more than 130 clinical studies. Published findings have demonstrated Pycnogenol’s® beneficial health effects in cardiovascular and circulatory health, joint health, skin care, blood glucose, eye health and sports nutrition, among others.
In recognition of Horphag Research’s strong commitment to innovative research and development of Pycnogenol®, the company was awarded the 2008 Frost & Sullivan North American Health Ingredients Excellence in Research Award. According to Frost & Sullivan analysts, “Pycnogenol® has set a new benchmark for all nutritional ingredients and dietary supplements in terms of its versatile health benefits, safety data and research portfolio and stands the highest probability of becoming an undisputed industry standard in the near future.”
Keeping in line with our commitment to science and innovation, comprehensive research and development programs continue to be carried out and new health applications for Pycnogenol® are explored every year in the fields of nutraceuticals, cosmeceuticals and functional foods and beverages.