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OPC Science Summaries

Learn more about OPC through these scientific summaries:

Cardiovascular/Circulatory System
The beneficial effects of the phytonutrient MASQUELIER's® OPCs on the structure and function of blood vessels (veins, arteries, capillaries and lymphatic vessels), and thereby on the circulatory and cardiovascular systems, have been indicated through sixty years of continuous scientific study, in many published peer-reviewed journal articles, and reviewed in a monograph published in Alternative Medicine Review (
Oligomeric Procyanidins. Monograph, 2003). PDF

Rebuilding & Strengthening of Collagen & Elastin
Evidence from human, animal and in vitro studies strongly supports that MASQUELIER's® OPCs can help maintain healthy skin structure and function, promote skin hydration and reduce risk of UV-induced skin damage, likely through its significant antioxidant activity and its ability to bind the essential proteins collagen and elastin, promote the synthesis and inhibit their degradation.
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Summary Of Key Scientific Studies: Antioxidant Benefits
Free radicals have gained a lot of attention in recent years because of their role in the pathogenesis of several diseases such as inflammation, atherosclerosis, arthritis, neurodegenerative conditions and cancer. Since endogenous antioxidants are frequently insufficient to protect against free radical-induced cellular damage, diet-derived antioxidants are important in maintaining health. There is sufficient epidemiological evidence correlating higher intake of certain foods or food-components rich in antioxidants with a lower incidence of various human diseases (Halliwell, 1996; Riccioni et al, 2007; Williams and Hord, 2005). PDF


Venous Insufficiency (CVI) – Leg Veins
Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) is a fairly widespread disease in the Western Hemisphere. CVI is caused by abnormalities in the structure and functioning of superficial or deep veins of the lower extremities. Weakening of the vein walls and valves, decreased venous tone, phlebitis, history of varicose veins, oral contraceptives and various environmental factors (sitting or standing for long periods, age, smoking, etc.) all increase the risk of developing CVI (Eberhardt and Raffetto, 2005; Nicolaides, 2000).
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