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Pycnogenol, a form of pine bark extract that you may have never heard of, may be a missing link in your health regimen that fights aging and gives your general well-being a boost. In fact, Dr. Russell Blaylock, author of The Blaylock Wellness Reportbelieves it should be a part of everyone's anti-aging strategy. "I would put it with the giants of nutrition," he tells Newsmax Health. 

Pine bark extract contains procyanidins, a form of catechins, similiar to those found in green tea, cocoa, and grape seed extract. Pycnogenol is a patented form of pine bark extract using the bark of the maritime pine that grows in France. 

There’s no shortage of dubious weight-loss methods on the Internet: miracle cleanses, one-minute workouts, and even treatments involving human feces.  So what really works? We turned to regular guys who have actually succeeded to find out. 

The following 10 men face the same obstacles we all do: busy careers and family lives, cravings, bum knees. But they all managed to lose between 15 and 302 pounds. Here are the strategies they say were instrumental in moving the needle on the scale.

1/10 IMAGE COURTESY OF BEN WHALEN

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Name: Ben Whalen
Age: 30
Weight lost: 165...

Wrinkles, loss of skin elasticity, and collagen destruction are the first visible signs of aging. More than skin deep, these degradations also are reflective of our internal aging as well. By slowing the factors that cause skin aging, we can also slow total body aging. That's because the same basic mechanisms are at work to age us on the outside as well as the inside: oxidant stress, inflammation, damage to DNA, glycation, and cell membrane damage.

Extensive research into a plant extract Pycnogenol® from the French Maritime pine tree has shown that this collection of phyto-molecules not only rejuvenates skin elasticity and reduces...

A new book, The Significance Delusion by Gillian Bridgesuggests that our contemporary and ever growing problems with mental health are partly down to our own attitudes and behaviour (among other things, our silence). Here are a few more key issues Bridge recommends you be aware of if you're worried about yourself or someone else's mental health:

Use of psychoactive substances: Less nicotine is being used nowadays, but it’s still worth knowing that giving up cigarettes is more beneficial in tackling depression than taking anti-depressants (and a recent study from Norway showed that male sperm cells are damaged by nicotine, with...

Losing weight can feel complicated. After all, you’ve got thousands of diets competing for a spot on your plate, conflicting reports about what’s a superfood and what’s garbage, and your cravings haven’t budged since you put on the weight in the first place.

Or, maybe, once you cut through all of the nonsense, losing weight is actually pretty simple. Just ask someone who has succeeded in not only shedding pounds — but keeping them off. Here, 15 healthy-living converts share the one thing that helped them ditch the weight loss turmoil and find long-term success. Smart, sustainable changes that trump quick fixes — now...

Sleep: we all despised it as toddlers but as adults, we can’t get enough of it! For good reason too, as research shows that getting a decent night of rest is crucial for pretty much every aspect of our wellbeing. Want to be more productive at work? Get more shut-eye. Want to be a happier person? Catch some z’s. Is your skin looking a bit lacklustre? Hit the hay earlier.

But for many of us, getting to sleep isn’t as simple as laying our heads on the pillow and immediately dozing off. In fact, you can shut off all electronics hours before bed, meditate and take a relaxing bubble bath and still miss the bus to the land of nod....

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Pycnogenol is a liquid that is extracted from the bark of the Maritime Pine tree - a tree that is native to France, but also found in other parts of the world. It has been used for decades as an active ingredient in a wide variety of vitamin and mineral blends, as well as a vast array of dietary supplements. Pycnogenol is a patented formulation of Pine Bark Extract. Pycnogenols are found in supplements such as grape seed extract, but pycnogenol itself should not be confused with supplement blends that simply contain pycnogenols, as the health benefits in such supplements are not nearly as impressive as those associated with...

When I hear the word “streaking,” all I can think about is Will Ferrell in Old School sauntering down the street naked and drunk. In running parlance, streaking is a daily run for an extended period of time. The United States Run Streak Association (USRSA), which tracks running streaks, defines a run streak thusly: “Run at least one mile (1.61 kilometers) within each calendar day. Running may occur on either the roads, a track, over hill and dale, or on a treadmill … for at least one year in duration.”

You read that right: running at least a mile every single day for an entire year. If you think that is nuts, a perusal of...