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OPC and Health
Oligomeric Proantho-cyanidins, known in short as OPCs, were discovered in the late 1940's during research conducted by Dr. Jack Masquelier in France. Dr. Masquelier immediately understood the potential significant impact this discovery would have on human health. Based on Dr. Masquelier's pioneering and innovative role in the isolation, identification and thera-peutic applications of OPCs, two medi-cines were approved known to exert intense vasoprotective effects, as well as the protection and renewal of colla-gen throughout the body.
Masquelier's® OPCs have the ability to help ensure the delivery of nutrients carried in the blood to tissues & organs throughout the body. This ability even includes the brain where OPC readily crosses the blood-brain barrier contributing to overall brain function. (Cit #1) This vital function, to protect and strengthen the circulatory system, is directly related to OPC affinity with collagen (Cit #2). Collagen, which lines all blood vessel walls, is a structural protein representing nearly 25% of all protein in the body.
OPCs selectively affix to collagen and elastin to preserve elasticity and resiliency. Plus, OPCs are scientifically proven to co-factor with Vitamin C to create and preserve collagen protein, while neutralizing the harmful effects of reactive molecules by blocking their attachment to collagen microfibrils. (Cit #3) OPCs protect, strengthen and repair blood vessels and particularly the tiny capillaries responsible for nourishing our entire body at the cellular level. (Cit #4)
At any given moment, approximately five percent of the total circulating blood is flowing through the capillaries. Yet it is this five percent that is performing the ultimate function of the entire system, namely, the exchange of nutrients for the metabolic waste from the body. All other segments of the vascular tree only act to sub-serve the adequate blood flow and nutrient exchange through the capillaries.
Knowing the critical importance of both proper digestion and capillary assimilationof nutrients has led to extensive research into the science of circulatory health that is still ongoing. CITATIONS»