Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins Introduction and Its Benefit Applications.
- Chemical Info:Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins.
- Introduction:Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins.
- Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins Discovery Story.
- Natural sources:Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins.
- Common Benefits of Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins.
- Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins Safety and Toxicity.
- Research Update:Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins.
Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins Discovery Story.:
The discovery of proanthocyanidins can be attributed to Professor Jacques Masquelier. Dr. Masquelier spent almost a half century researching proanthocyanidin. He also invented the extraction techniques by which proanthocyanidins are obtained from plants rich in these substances.
The OPC Story begins in the frigid waters of the St. Lawrence River in the winter of 1534. After discovering Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence, French explorer Jacques Cartier and his crew attempted to make their way down the river. Trapped in five feet of snow and ice-blocked water-ways, the expedition was forced to spend the bitter winter months on the Quebec peninsula. The entire river was frozen above Hochelaga. Existing only on salted meat and biscuits, Cartier's men became seriously ill with what later was thought to be scurvy. Twenty-five of the 110 man crew died and half of the remaining crew were too weak to take care of themselves. Fortunately for his crew, Cartier met a Quebec Indian named Agaya, who told him of the Annedda pine tree. Agaya explained how to strip the needles, pull the bark from the tree and brew a tea. The tea was to be taken every other day. Cartier immediately followed Agaya's instructions, and two of his men volunteered to try the teas. Within one week, they improved so dramatically that the rest of the crew eagerly awaited their first sip of the brew. According to Cartier's account in his travel log. "As soon as they had taken it, they asked for more which turned out to be a miracle as for every illness with which they were afflicted, they were cured and restored to health."
Cartier's documentation of the incident remained hidden in his travel log for over four centuries. Then, a French professor, Jacques Masquelier, on assignment at the University of Quebec, came across Cartier's account of how an extraordinary tea had saved his men's lives. Intrigued by Cartier's account, he suspected that the pine bark was rich in bioflavonoids. Upon returning to France, Masquelier went to work isolating the active ingredients from the pine bark samples. His research revealed highly bioactive substances called proanthocyanidins. Very few species of pines contain significant quantities of this substance. One of the rich resources of proanthocyanidins is the French Pinus maritima (Pinus maritima) found in southern France.
The Original oligomeric proanthocyanidins complex, discovered, isolated, standardized, and patented by Dr. Jack Masquelier; validated by the French Ministry of Health and documented by a library of research since 1947 is backed by over 50 years of research, patents for therapeutic uses and extensive testing for safety.
- 1.Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins,OPCs:Introduction and Its Benefit Applications.
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