Enzogenol Pine Bark Extract - NZ's own wonder drug?
What is Enzogenol?
Enzogenol is a 100% natural extract from the bark of the New Zealand pine tree (Pinus Radiata) with potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, providing benefits for a diverse range of health conditions.
How is it produced?
Enzogenol is produced using only pure water and molecular selection. This patented process extracts a balanced blend of exceptionally potent naturally occurring antioxidants from the bark of Pinus radiata trees.
Because it is extracted from Pine forests in NZ this also makes it a sustainable product.
Is Enzogenol safe?
Tree bark has featured prominently in many traditional folk medicines for hundreds of years.
Enzogenol been used extensively for many years both in general health purposes and therapeutically. It is also safe for children. Recently, NZ pine bark extract was also certified by the USA for use in food and beverages.
Enzogenol and people with allergies to pine products...
This is what Dr Matt Frevel, Chief Science Office from ENZO Nutraceuticals says about this question:
"Certainly, there are individuals that have allergies to pine trees, and we would always advise anyone with pine allergies to take extra care when trying any products derived from pines and conifers in general. Mostly, these allergies are either to the pine pollen or to the sap component. The pine bark extract, Enzogenol, that was featured by Seven Sharp for its brain recovery benefits, fortunately, does not contain any pollen or sap components. Instead, Enzogenol is a water-only extract of the bark of New Zealand grown Pinus radiata. Enzogenol consists of flavonoids, fruit acids, and other poly-phenols that are natural anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories. All of these plant compounds are a part of our usual diet if we eat lots of vegetables and fruit, drink tea, and eat nuts and seeds. All of these plant foods contain the same healthy plant chemicals that make up Enzogenol. Yet, the pine bark is particularly rich in these compounds, and Enzogenol provides them in a very concentrated form. Again, I would like to repeat that anyone with a pine allergy ought to take care when trying any pine derived product, and consult their doctor first. In the case of Enzogenol, no reports of any allergic reactions have so far come to light even though the product has been used by thousands of people here in New Zealand and overseas since it was first discovered in 1998".
What are free radicals?
Free radicals are atoms or groups of atoms that can cause harm to our cells, impairing our immune system, leading to infections and various degenerative diseases. They may be formed by exposure to toxic chemicals, overexposure to the sun’s rays or through the action of various metabolic processes, such as the use of stored fat molecules for energy.
The mechanism in which free radicals are normally kept in check is by the action of “free radical scavengers” that occur naturally in the body. These scavengers neutralise the free radicals. Our body makes these scavenger enzymes, as a matter of course, but in addition to this, the work of these enzymes can be supplemented by ensuring you are eating foods rich in antioxidants.
What are antioxidants and bioflavonoids?
Antioxidants are a group of vitamins, minerals and enzymes, which help shield the body from the formation of free radicals.
Bioflavonoids are a group of plant compounds that we usually obtain from our diet as part of the vegetables and fruit we eat. These flavonoids are very important for our health because they are natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.
Enzogenol is a bioflavonoid with a highly concentrated mixture of these natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory flavonoid compounds.
Benefits of Enzogenol NZ Pine Bark Extract...
Research shows that Enzogenol is effective in supporting concentration, attention and executive brain functions in healthy adults and children. Other benefits include:
- Children with ADHD and autism disorders – improved behaviour, concentration and focus
- Potent anti-inflammatory benefits for joints, connective tissue and other inflammatory conditions
- Cognitive performance - Protection from age-related cognitive decline. Better response time and faster thinking.
- Increased alertness
- Improved working memory
- Cardiovascular health - Improved blood circulation, Reduced LDL Cholesterol levels, and reduced systolic blood pressure
- Eye sight – improved vision. Reduced risk of age-related deterioration of eye sight
- Increased immunity
- Skin improvement – Enzogenol is also an ingredient in Ageless Beauty (voted NZ’s "favourite women’s health product" 2012)
Enzogenol and brain injury recovery research…
Latest clinical research has shown that Enzogenol supports healthy recovery of brain functions. It is being used for brain function loss after injury - traumatic brain injury, concussion and stroke.
AUT University researchers, headed by Professor Valery Feigin, the director of AUT's National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neuroscience, and Dr Alice Theadom, found that by taking Pine Bark Extract, those people suffering with brain injuries were three times more likely to recover their everyday memory than those who took a placebo. Read more here
Enzogenol recently featured in a feature on brain injury recovery on TV1's Seven Sharp programme. View video here
A specific Enzogenol product formulated to support Brain Recovery is ENZO Brain Recovery