Pycnogenol effective against Leukemia cancer cells

Pycnogenol® is a natural plant extract derived from the bark of French maritime pine trees. A new study by researchers in China tested various doses of Pycnogenol® on several types of human leukemia cancer cell lines.  In every case, Pycnogenol® was found to increase differentiation and induce apoptosis (programmed cell death) in the cancerous cells.

All normal cells are programmed to die at the end of their useful life. This natural process is called apoptosis.  Cancer cells don’t die when they are supposed to and continue to replicate, resulting in abnormal cell development which can turn into tumors.  By inducing apoptosis, Pycnogenol® triggers the suppressed death signal in cancer cells so that they die.

The researchers state “Our data suggest that Pycnogenol® could serve as a potent cancer chemopreventive or chemotherapeutic agent for human leukemia.”

Read the study abstract at

Prior research has shown that grape seed extract and bilberry extract also have cancer-fighting properties. Isotonix OPC-3® is a drinkable isotonic product which contains Pycnogenol®, grape seed extract, and bilberry extract (plus red wine extract and other bioflavanoids). Isotonix OPC-3® is the only product on the market containing isotonic Pycnogenol®. This extremely bioavailable antioxidant formula provides up to 95% rapid absorption and tastes great!

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  1. Grapeseed Extract Kills 76% of Leukemia Cancer Cells in 24 Hours « Engineered for Health said,

    January 8, 2009 at 5:53 am

    […] couple of months ago, Chinese scientists performed a similar study with Pycnogenal and Lukemia with virtually identical results.   The evidence is mounting that […]

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