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 1000 dietary supplements, 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 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 450 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 10,000 patients being studied in more than 160 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, cognitive function among others.
The company recently introduced Robuvit®, a natural plant extract derived from French oak wood, rich in ellagitannins, roburins and other flavonoids unique to this oak genus that are shown to enhance basic cellular functions. This powerful antioxidant has a strong portfolio of research supporting its health benefits with more than 25 clinical studies published on energy, fatigue, sports performance, detox and more. Robuvit® is a caffeine-free solution to boost energy, reduce fatigue and improve both physical performance and mood.