- Supplement Factors
- Serving Size 1 Cap
- Amount for 1 Cap
% Daily Value
- Standardized Grape Seed Extract
- (Standardized anti-oxidant containing
- no less than
95% of proanthocyanidins)
- in a bases of Citrus
- **Daily value not established,
- Other ingredients: calcium sulfate and silica.
- This product is not intended to diagnose, treat,
cure or prevent any disease.
Free radicals are incredibly destructive. They
damage our cells, which can mean premature aging, reduced
immune function, inflammation and ultimately
degenerative disease. Our primary defense is
antioxidant nutrients, of which the most well known are
Vitamins C and E. The biological activity of antioxidants
is enormously important to our health. OPC's are
very powerful antioxidant free radical scavengers. They
are as much as 50 times more potent than Vitamin
E and 20 times more than Vitamin C. OPC's are
major protectors of Vitamin C and Vitamin E. It also
is the major protector of collagen, the basic
foundation our blood vessels and all connective tissues
such as skin,ligaments around joints and tendons.
OPC extract contains individual units called
catechins. When catechins occur individually, they are
called monomers. When linked together in pairs, they are
called "dimers" and when in three's,
"trimers." He named the mixture "pycnogenols"
from the Greek "pycno" meaning to "thicken
or condense," "gen"
meaning "to generate" and "ol"
from their chemical name.
The dimers and trimers are referred to as
oligomeric proanthocyanidins. "Oligo" is from
the Greek meaning "a few". "Pro" means
"before" or "produces" and
"anthoCyanins" are the red compounds that
the proanthcyanidins change into when fruit ripens,
flowers mature or leaves turn.
"Oligomeric ProanthoCyanidins" is
abbreviated "OPC." They are found in most
plants, are highly bioavailable and are active in the body
as tremendous antioxidants
and free radical scavengers. OPC's are chemically
classified as flavanols and are present in red wines,
flowers, leaves, fruits, berries, nuts,
sorghum, beans and hops with high concentrations in
skins, barks and seeds. The most feasible commercial
source is the seeds of grapes and the bark of
the French Maritime Pine.
Technically speaking, OPC's are not bioflavonoids.
OPC's are "flavonols" while bioflavonoids are
"flavonoids." While the chemical structure of
their core molecules
is the same, flavonols and flavonoids actually have
differences. OPC's are colorless, bioflavonoids are
yellow. OPC's are water soluble,
bioflavonoids are relatively insoluble. OPC's, are
always made up of polymers of one compound called
"flavan-3-ol," while bioflavonoids are made up
of many different
compounds with a "flavane" nucleus.
Nevertheless, both flavonols and bioflavonoids occur in
OPC-super including pharmaceutical grade
extracts of grape seeds, pine bark, Bilbery and citric
bioflavonoin . They belong
to the total family of bioflavonoids, occur in nature with
OPC's and are a unique plus to these great formulas. Up to
25% of OPC extract consists of
monomeric precursors, the building blocks of OPC.
In grape seed extract, these precursors are known as
catechins and epicatechins. Pine bark extract
contains catechins and taxifolin. Blending
both grape seed, pine bark and bilbery extracts combines
monomeric precursors. The two together provide a
broad spectrum, creating a more complete storehouse of OPC
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