Mirtogenol®: the ingredient with international patent
Mirtogenol® is a new ingredient with international patent※, made from combining French maritime pine bark extract Pycnogenol® and standardised bilberry extract Mirtoselect®. Their respective pioneers, Horphag Research of Switzerland and Indena of Italy, jointly developed Mirtogenol® after dedicated research in the interaction of these two ingredients. Naturally Plus firmly believes in the potential of this ingredient, hence S. LUTEIN BILBERRY PINE BARK PLUS was successfully developed.
※ According to the PCT international patent application system, a patent filed in a contracting state of the Patent Cooperation Treaty will be recognised across the contracting states.
* Mirtogenol® is a registered trademark of Horphag Research and Indena S.p.A.
Pycnogenol® (pic-noj-en-all) – The Goodness of French maritime pine bark extract
Pycnogenol® is a natural ingredient of plant origin, extracted from the bark of French maritime pine trees that are 30 – 50 years old. The extract was named Pycnogenol® and marketed by Horphag Research. Research on Pycnogenol® still continues to this day.
French maritime pine is characterised by its bark, which is significantly thicker than that of Japanese pine and serves to protect the trunk from drastic temperature differences and strong ultraviolet rays.
Contains over 40 types of flavonoids including procyanidin, catechin and taxifolin.
Pine bark tea has historically been consumed in Europe for beauty and health.
Records mention that during his exploration of Canada, 16th century French explorer Jacques Cartier and his crew recovered their energy by drinking the natives’ tea of roasted pine bark.
To prevent damage to the ingredient, Pycnogenol® is produced within 24 hours of harvesting the bark, by a patented extraction process based on GMP (standards for production and quality control).
Mirtoselect® (mir-to-se-lect) - The goodness of bilberry
Bilberry is a wild species of blueberry, carefully selected from over 150 blueberry species. It is a fruit-bearing shrub with strong vitality. It is resilient against ultraviolet rays during the long daylight hours in its native Northern Europe.
Fresh bilberries contain about 4 times the anthocyanin of blueberry. Anthocyanin is a type of polyphenol.
Mirtoselect® is a special bilberry extract produced by Indena of Italy. It is obtained only from fresh bilberry fruits harvested when they ripen between July and September.