Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3835

Full Length Research Paper

A comparison of Pycnogenol® and bark extracts from Pinus thunbergii and Pinus densiflora: Extractability, antioxidant activity and proanthocyanidin composition

Sang Min Kim, Suk-Woo Kang, Je-Seung Jeon and Byung-Hun Um*
Functional Food Center, KIST Gangneung Institute, 290, Daejeon-dong, Gangneung, Gangwon, 210-340, Republic of Korea.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 15 March 2012
  •  Published: 16 April 2012


Hot water extracts (HWEs) from Pinus densiflora and Pinus thunbergii, two major Pinusspecies in Korea, and Pycnogenol® (PYC), a standardized Pinus pinaster bark extract, were fractionated to yield ethyl acetate (EAF) and proanthocyanidin (PAF) fractions for determination of total phenolic (TP) and proanthocyanidin (PA) content, and antioxidant activity. The TP and PA contents, the PA/TP ratio, and the antioxidant activity from the HWE, EAF and PAF were all in the order of P. densiflora > P. pinaster > P. thunbergii. The mean degree of polymerization (mDP) by acid catalysis in the presence of excess phloroglucinol were similar in all three pine bark EAFs (3.51 to 3.69), but were quite variable in the other fractions (in PAFs, 5.56 (P. thunbergii) to 7.49 (P. densiflora); in HWEs, 4.85 (P. densiflora) to 6.14 (P. pinaster)). However, the PA structures determined by 13C NMR analysis with PAFs were similar for all three Pinus species with respect to the ratio of procyanidin and prodelphinidin and C2-C3 stereochemistry. From the aforementioned results, we could suggest that the bark from P. densiflora had more beneficial characteristics than the well-known Pycnogenol®.


Key words: Antioxidant activity, pine bark, Pinus densifloraPinus thunbergii, proanthocyanidin, Pycnogenol®  


ABTS, 2,2'-Azinobis (3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulphonic acid); CE, (+)-catechin equivalents; DP, degree of polymerization; EAF, ethyl acetate fraction; HWE, hot water extract; mDP, mean degree of polymerization; mMW, mean molecular weight; NMR,nuclear magnetic resonance; PA, proanthocyanidin; PAF, proanthocyanidin fraction; PC, procyanidin; PD, prodelphinidin; PYC, Pycnogenol®TP, total phenolic.