(NaturalHealth365) It’s a silent battle. Every day, your body must fight off the threat of free radicals, using natural antioxidants to neutralize their effects. The stakes are high.
Oxidative damage can cause blood vessel disease, diabetes, degenerative disorders affecting the brain and metabolic syndrome, among other serious health conditions. But after decades of research, pine bark extract has been shown to be a natural and effective weapon in the body’s defense against the harmful effects of free radicals.
How (exactly) do free radicals threaten human health?
A free radical is a molecule that contains oxygen, and has one or more unpaired electrons, making it extremely reactive with other molecules, according to Dr. Ananya Mandal, MD. As these free radicals seek out stabilization, they can interact with cell components and even set off a chain reaction of unstable molecules seeking to stabilize by stealing electrons.
Certain pine bark extracts have been used in Europe for generations to treat many of the harms caused by oxidation. However, United States physicians have been slower to recommend this natural solution to a longer, healthier life.
3 ways that pine bark extract can improve your health and promote longevity
Are you concerned about diabetes and its effect on the quality of your life? Pine extracts have been shown to directly inhibit the impacts of oxidative stress brought about by diabetes and responsible for that disease’s age-accelerated damage to the body.
Several animal studies have shown that pine extract can restore tissues and organs to pre-oxidative levels, while supporting normal levels of antioxidant combatants at the cellular level.
Cognitive decline can be prevented and reversed. Recent research has also shown that pine extract can promote brain activity, leading to better cognitive function. While research has not reached the human study stage, strong evidence is emerging in labs across the globe over the potential for pine extract to slow or reduce the effects of such devastating neurological diseases, including Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s.
Of course, there are many other ways to improve brain health and I encourage you to do your own research on this topic.
The powerful antioxidant properties of pine extract can block oxidant damage that leads to these disorders. Preliminary research has provided evidence of significant drops in markers of oxidation and inflammation when pine extract is provided in animal studies.
These changes in brain cells could otherwise lead to reduced cognitive performance, premature cell death and other factors contributing to neurological disorders. It is believed that certain types of pine extract can actually boost a brain cell’s own natural cellular antioxidant properties as a means of preventing chronic damage.
A natural way to improve heart function. Research has found that pine extracts can reduce narrowing of arteries while also decreasing the presence of collagen within the arterial wall content, important in preventing elevated blood pressure and damage to the interior surfaces of blood vessels.
As it does in other areas of the body, oxidative stress can hurt heart health, bringing about inflammation of blood vessels. But pine extract has been shown to minimize these changes and reduce the actions of a primary inflammatory regulator that acts as a hub for releasing inflammatory proteins.
We, at NaturalHealth365, have written extensively about how to reverse heart disease – especially centered around the role of antioxidants for heart health. Generally speaking, when looking to improve your health – eat lots of organic fruits and vegetables, small amounts of sprouted nuts and seeds, avoid processed foods (of course) and get adequate amounts of high-quality protein from whatever source fits your lifestyle like spirulina, goat whey or grass-fed meats.
One final note: Additional research suggests pine extract can also halt the expression of specialized molecules that cause arterial walls to become sticky, leading to clumping of platelets and white blood cells, and eventual plaque formation. Obviously, when dealing with serious health conditions, try to find a trusted healthcare provider to help guide you through the healing process.