Who would have thought that pine bark could hold so much promise for our health?
ENZO Nutraceuticals Ltd (ENZO) is a New Zealand company that produces an extract from pine bark called Enzogenol. This is a health food/supplement that was discovered by Canterbury University around 1997. A research team at the University discovered that they could extract a mixture of plant compounds, known as flavonoids, from the bark of the Radiata pines that are grown for the timber industry all over NZ, and that this flavonoid mixture had exceptionally high anti-oxidant activity. ENZO then picked up this discovery recognizing that this pine bark extract could make a very good natural health product.
In 2008, the Brain Sciences Institute of Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia, published a study that showed how Enzogenol can improve cognitive performance, including concentration and decision making in complex brain test.1 Previous research on pine bark extract from Europe had shown promise in supporting improved attention and behaviour in kids with ADHD.2
Dr. Leila Masson a consultant paediatrician in Auckland, NZ, specialising in biomedical approach to improve children’s attention and behaviour recommends the product to her clients: “Enzogenol is a safe and effective nutritional for children with hyperactivity and problems concentrating. I have noticed improvements within a few weeks of starting this potent antioxidant. Parents and teachers consistently report that the children are calmer and more focused. I recommend a trial of Enzogenol for any child with attention and behaviour issues.” Adults with ADHD have also reported benefits of improved brain functioning with increased concentration.
ENZO Nutraceuticals Ltd has now come on board as a sponsor of the Hyper Express newsletter for the ADHD Association and Unique Families.