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Forest's treasure pine bark extract

The red gold of the forests

Healers have preserved the knowledge of the benefits of pine bark and phloem throughout history and this knowledge was collected by our founders more than 50 years ago. Based on this knowledge, we use a traditional recipe to produce pure and high quality pine bark extract from pine bark and phloem, which is 100% Finnish and which we have been making on our forest farm in Siikainen since 1975 .

Why pine bark extract?

Pine is known, among other things, for its exceptionally strong antioxidant power, which comes from the phenolic compounds it contains. Pine bark and phloem naturally contain minerals and trace elements, antioxidants and phenolic compounds such as oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs). 

The role of the pine bark is to protect the tree from UV rays, environmental pollutants, viruses, moulds, bacteria. For this reason, pine bark is rich in phenolic compounds.

Pine bark extract is one of the most studied herbal extracts in the world. Over the years, we have been actively involved in numerous projects at universities and research institutes that have focused on pine bark actives and their effects. As a result, we have gained valuable insights into the properties of our extracts.

A quality product that has been tested

We have collaborated with the Universities of Helsinki, Turku, Tampere and Åbo Akademi, among others. We have also worked with companies in the industry to investigate the properties of pine bark extract. In the research project "Preclinical evaluation of the health effects of natural materials" 2003-2005, pine bark extract was shown to have many positive properties.

Read more about the versatile properties of our pine bark extract and download the Certificate of Analysis of the University of Helsinki
Kari’s Pine Bark extract drink

Pine bark extract has also been found not to interfere with the absorption of most common drugs and is safe for the body at the concentrations studied.

The analyses of phenolic compounds were carried out at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Turku in the research group of Professor Kalevi Pihlaja. The analysis showed high levels of resveratrol and a high lignan content in the extract.

Oil-soluble phenolic compounds were determined in pine bark samples extracted with chloroform. The anti-inflammatory activity of Pinena® pine bark extract was measured using two proinflammatory substances, nitric oxide and prostaglandin E2. In cell culture studies, pine bark extract was found to have anti-inflammatory properties.

The only organic and quality certified pine bark extract on the market

Pinena Organic Pine Bark Extract made from pine bark and phloem is the only organic and quality certified pine bark extract on the market. It is scientifically proven to be rich in plant antioxidants, phenolic compounds - such as resveratrol, catechins and other flavonoids.

Pinena Organic Pineapple Bark Extract is a 100% Finnish extract made with a standardised recipe and has been produced in Siikainen since 1975.  

Responsibly produced

Pinena products come from the pure forest nature of northern Satakunta, where pines grow strong and accumulate a wealth of protective substances to survive in the harsh Nordic conditions. We harvest our wood responsibly and control the entire production chain. Our pine bark extracts are produced in our own production facility in Siikainen, using a local collection network.

The phloem separates the lighter surface layer from the darker wood. This inner layer plays an important role in the transport and storage of nutrients. We use not only the bark that protects the pine tree, but also this valuable inner layer of pine tree.  

We do not source pine bark as a by-product of the sawmill industry, but buy the raw material directly from forest owners, who also collect it for us according to strict standards. We therefore know each of our raw material suppliers and meet them regularly. Each tree is individually selected for food use and treated as food from the start. In addition to the bark extract, every tree collected is fully utilised as bioenergy. No tree is felled solely for the production of extract. Our collection chain is also fully certified organic.

Through our craftsmanship and know-how, we are able to produce more finished pine bark extract from the raw material. Our efficient process ensures that no extra wood has to be felled.

Tested and safe

Our products are tested and safe to use. Quality assurance measurements are carried out on each production batch. We also regularly test the chemical analysis of each batch of powder for moisture, ash content and heavy metal content. A separate batch analysis, COA = Certificate of Analysis, is issued for each batch sold, specifying the batch produced.

No Pitch Resin Chemical solvents Additives or preservatives

Our pine bark extract is made as a water extract: it does not contain resin or resinous substances. We do not use any chemical solvents in the extract, nor do we add any additives or preservatives to our pine bark extract. It is also gluten-free and dairy-free and does not contain common hypersensitives. Studies have shown that pine bark extract does not interfere with the absorption of more common pharmaceuticals and can be considered safe for the body at the concentrations studied.

Did you know?

Pine has been an important source of food, especially for northern peoples, and there are historical references to its use as a food source by indigenous peoples in North America and elsewhere.

According to research, fritters made from the pine bark underneath the pine bark have been a regular part of the Sámi diet, and in Finland, pine fritters have been used especially in times of shortage, when fritters have been added to bread flour.