What is Pine Bark?
NOW® Pine Bark Extract is derived from the inner bark of Chinese Red Pine (Pinus massoniana), which is prized for its powerful free radical-scavenging polyphenolic flavonoid constituents, oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs). Scientific studies indicate that Chinese Red Pine Bark Extract may help to support healthy cellular growth and reproduction. Green Tea Extract with EGCg has been included in this product for its abundant flavonols that complement the oxidant neutralizing of Pine Bark Extract.
Free Radical Protection
90% OPC Pine Bark Extract
What is a Free Radical?
A free radical is any molecule with a single, unpaired electron. Free radicals are naturally produced in the body through the normal functioning of body systems and various physiochemical conditions, or through exposure to external sources such as pollutants and chemicals, and other environmental agents. There’s no way to avoid them; they’re a result of normal physiological processes.
So why are free radicals bad? Molecules with an unpaired electron are highly unstable and reactive. They’ll seek out another molecule and either give it their extra electron or take one of its electrons – creating another free radical. Free radicals thus start chain reactions that can damage a cell and its important constituents, including proteins, lipids and even DNA. This destructive process can lead to overall disruption of our body’s delicate balance, known as homeostasis. Over the course of your lifetime free radical damage tends to accumulate, and scientists theorize that this accumulated damage contributes to cellular dysfunction and ultimately to declining health as we age and is thought to be a significant part of the aging process itself.
We can’t avoid free radicals; they’re part of the body’s normal processes. But we can minimize their impact on our health and our appearance with free radical scavengers. A free radical scavenger may also be known as an antioxidant and refers to any molecule that’s stable enough to donate an electron to a free radical currently on a tear through your body, neutralizing it or reducing its capacity to do harm.