Article provided by Patient One 
As we continue to learn about the strong association of chronic inflammation and oxidative damage in so many disease processes, we discover OPCs offer outstanding natural support in a growing number of disorders.

“Did you know that… the efficacy of various antioxidants as free radical scavengers has been shown to differ greatly?”

OPC is the acronym for ‘oligomeric proanthocyanidins.’ OPCs are a class of polyphenolic bioflavonoids found naturally in fruits and vegetables. OPCs commonly come from the seeds of grapes and the bark of maritime pine trees, and are also found in red wine and plant sources including cranberries, blueberries, bilberries, apples, pears, black currants, tea, legumes and parsley.
 Most of us primarily know OPCs for their free radical scavenging and antioxidant capabilities. While the role of antioxidants Vitamins C, E and beta-carotene in neutralizing free radicals is well accepted, you may not realize that OPCs have been shown in clinical studies to be far more potent than these in fighting free radicals and helping to prevent cell and tissue damage.
Florida Internist Matthew C. Popkin, MD notes that, “Considerable evidence has also demonstrated the anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-allergic and vasodilatory actions of proanthocyanidins, which is why I find them to be such a useful component in the treatment of a number of conditions.”
“In my practice, I use a complex of multiple OPCs (including pine bark, grapeseed, red wine and billberry extracts) to help decrease my patients’ vascular-specific inflammatory markers and support their cardiovascular health,” says Dr. Popkin. “I also see excellent outcomes using these OPCs in decreasing pain in patients with chronic inflammatory arthritis and other chronic pain syndromes.”
“The therapeutic potential is very broad,” Dr. Popkin adds. “I also use the OPC complex to support decreased inflammation levels in patients with allergies and asthma to lessen their reliance on prescription medications and improve their symptom control.”
Scientific research over the last 40 years has shown wide-ranging health benefits of OPCs, and new studies continue to emerge on their uses in effectively improving our patients’ health.
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