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Modex® contains the purest form of maritime pine bark extract available (Pycnogenol®), which is the primary active naturally sourced ingredient.

Pycnogenol® is the most highly researched natural ingredient and has been scientifically proven to be on of the most powerful natural anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory available. Unlike many vitamins that last less than an hour in your body, Pycnogenol keeps working for up to 24hrs in your body. 

1. SPORTS NUTRITION ARTICLE ON PYCNOGENOL®

2. EVALUATION OF THE EFFECTS OF SUPPLEMENTATION WITH PYCNOGENOL® ON FITNESS

Pycnogenol’s Role as a Sports Nutrition Energy Enhancer

  1. Physical exercise increases our body’s need for oxygen. The blood flow characteristics play a key role for oxygen supply to muscle, return of carbon dioxide to the lungs and delivery of lactic acid to the liver. Only sufficient muscle oxygenation warrants aerobic energy generation and prevents anaerobic build-up of lactic acid. Research in General Physiology and Biophysics demonstrated Pycnogenol’s ability to improve blood flow characteristics, helping the body achieve peak muscle performance and integrity.
  2. Nitric oxide (NO), the most prominent vascular mediator, enhances blood flow and plays a key role for the vascular response to exercise. Pycnogenol has the capacity to support vascular requirements during exercise and accelerates production of endothelial nitric oxide. If the body experiences insufficient production of NO, the blood flow is impaired.

The link between this super antioxidant and sports endurance was first studied several years ago at California State University. Recreational athletes showed an increase of athlete endurance while supplementing with Pycnogenol as compared to endurance recorded from participants taking the placebo.

Pycnogenol’s Role in Muscle Recovery, Pain and Cramp Reduction

Muscle cramping is a common problem for people of all ages, ranging from the fit to people who suffer from health problems. An increase in physical activity can lend itself to sore muscles and fatigue, which can take several days to subside.

  1. A study published in Angiology shows that supplementation with Pycnogenol improves blood flow to the muscles which speeds recovery after physical exercise. The study demonstrated that Pycnogenol significantly reduces muscular pain and cramps in athletes and healthy, normal individuals. Poor circulation in the muscle is known to cause cramps and the antioxidant improved the cramping in patients due to a stimulation of blood flow to their muscle tissue.
  2. According to one of the lead researchers of the study Dr. Peter Rohdewald, the findings indicate that Pycnogenol can play an important role in sports by improving blood flow to the muscles and hastening post exercise recovery. This is great news to the millions of athletes worldwide and extremely significant for all individuals interested in muscle cramp and pain relief with a natural approach.

As new research breakthroughs on Pycnogenol for sports nutrition continue to be discovered, the findings thus far seem to indicate that Pycnogenol plays an important role for sports nutrition.

Extract from Total Health Magazine

Effects of supplementation of Pycnogenol on fitness. 

In a recent study athletes results were monitored for a 2 mile run, Push up test, Sit up test across a 4 week training program as well as a triathlon.

TRIATHLON

The study monitored the results for a triathlon consisting of a 750m Swim, 20km Ride and 5km Run. They undertook this course 10 times across 30 days with one group supplementing 150mg Pycnogenol per day and the other not whilst both following the same nutritional and training program. 

The average time of the Pycnogenol subjects was improved by 10 minutes and 48 seconds (11.39%) and the average time of the controlled subjects was improved by only 4 minutes 36 seconds (5.12%)   

2 MILE RUN

Female subjects supplementing Pycnogenol improved their times on average by 11% where as controlled subjects improved their times by 1% 

Male subjects supplementing Pycnogenol improved their times on average by 17.4% where as controlled subjects improved their times by 7.9%

PUSH UP TEST

Female subjects supplementing Pycnogenol improved their max reps by 22% (39 push ups) where as controlled subjects improved their max reps by 9% (31-34.1 push ups)

Male subjects supplementing Pycnogenol improved their max reps by 22% (56-69 push ups) where as controlled subjects improved their max reps by 9% (58-62 push ups)

SIT UPS

Female subjects supplementing Pycnogenol improved their max reps by 9.4% (61-67 sit ups) where as controlled subjects improved 4.8% (61.2-64.2 sit ups) 

Male subjects supplementing Pycnogenol improved their max reps by 14.67% (63.2-73.2 sit ups) where as controlled subjects improved 6.3% (63.2-67.3 sit ups)

OVERALL

A significant decrease in cramps and running and post-running pain was seen in the Pycnogenol group; there were no significant differences in controls. There was an important, significant post-triathlon decrease of PFR (Plasma Free Radicals) one hour after the end of the triathlon with an average of -26.7, whereas PFR in controls increased. In Pycnogenol subjects there was a lower increase in oxidative stress with a faster recovery to almost normal levels (<330 for these subjects). These variations in PFR values were interpreted as a faster metabolic recovery in subjects using Pycnogenol. 

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