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Monday, October 22, 2012

OPC - An Anti Aging Miracle?

OPC nutritional supplements have been around for over 50 years, and they are the next great frontier in anti-aging nutritional supplements.

If you are new to OPCs, here is a brief synopsis: OPC stands for oligomeric proanthocyanidins and is a molecular compound that is extracted from pine bark and grape seeds.

OPCs can do list:
Prevents heart attacks and strokes; strengthens capillary walls; reduces varicose veins; relieves leg cramps & pains; protects smokers from oxidative stress (lowered risk of heart attacks); reduces swelling and edema; improves collagen and helps with the following ailments; Lupus; liver Cirrhosis; hypertension; cancer prevention; asthma; allergies; diabetes; periodontal disease; impotence; hemorrhoids; impaired vision & macular degeneration; ADHD; PMS symptoms

Seriously, can it REALLY do all that? How come everyone isn't taking this miracle supplement? Here's what most researchers DO agree on:
OPCs are powerful antioxidants
Varicose Veins
Swelling from surgery or injury
Gingivitis and plaque formation
Blood clots after long plane rides

What about all the other claims?  Although testing has been done on many of the claims, sometimes the results were in animal studies or evidence SUGGESTS that a benefit may be there but there is no DIRECT evidence.  So does that mean it doesn't work on all those other claims?  Not at all. Medical testing is a slow and arduous task.  As with all supplementation, proceed with caution and follow directions for use.

Are they safe?  Apparently, yes. They are considered non-toxic.  Side effects are pretty rare and can include digestive distress or an allergic reaction.  One thing to note:  if you take a blood-thinning drug, you should consult your doctor first.  High doses of OPCs may have some anticoagulant properties.

Are all OPCs the same? Apparently not, although that doesn't mean you won't get some benefit from the various brands of OPCs. It is a patented product, so you should be using the original patented formula.   You may visit for more information.


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