Herbal Healing: Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins

Oligomeric proanthocyanidins

Common names are: grapeseed extract, and pine-bark extract

Aids with allergies, asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, Attention deficit disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome, Diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, high blood pressure, stroke, swellen ankles, cuts, scrapes, lymphedema, nosebleed, tendinitis, vand varicose veins.

Oligomeric proanthocyanidins, or better known as OPC’s, are classified as flavonols and are derived from grapeseeds or pine bark. They are also in red wine, hops, various flowers, leaves, fruits, berries, nuts, and beans. The way in which theses versatile healing compounds are distinct from flavonids is their simple chemical structure, which allows them to be readily absorbed into the bloodstream.

OPC’s are very powerful antioxidants. Vitamin E defends against fat-soluble oxidants, and Vitamin C neutralizes water-soluble ones, but OPC’s are active against both types. Also the help stabilize the walls of blood vessels, reduce inflammation, and generally support tissues containing collagen and elastin, proteins found in cartilage, tendons, blood vessels, skin, and muscle. Off all these herbs and herbal supplements, OPC’s are the most useful in supporting vascular health. They maintain capillaries, which are the channels through whic the blood delivers nutrients to individual cells and carries away waste products. Capillaries must be permeable enough to allow nutrients and oxygen to seep through them, but strong enough to prevent too much fluid from flowing out and causing edema. The beneficial effects of OPC’s on capillary health result in relief of many neurological diseases and can prevent the swelling and inflammation of allergic reactions. OPC’s are popular for preventing heat disease, revitalizing aging skin, and reducing a tendency to bruise easily.

Check with your doctor to see if you can benefit from any herb.

Sorry about being slow on writing, as I am a bit busy with canning for the winter. Always have a blessed day. Susan




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