MASQUELIER’s® French Pine Bark OPCs

A specific combination of OPCs, extracted from French Pine Bark

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OPCS are one of the most powerful antioxidants known nutritionally, but are often confused with other polyphenols, flavonoids, proanthocyanidins and grape seed extracts. So let’s break this very confusing category down, to understand what OPCs are and why they are so special.

Short for oligomeric proanthocyanidins, OPCs are a group of naturally occurring compounds with important health benefits. Professor Jack Masquelier first discovered OPCs in peanuts while undertaking his PhD in 1947. He went on to identify OPCs in parts of many other plants, finding especially strong concentrations in the inner lining of French pine bark and in the membranes of grape seeds. OPCs are not one thing, they come in many different shapes and sizes. Throughout his career, Professor Masquelier researched what combinations of OPCs demonstrated the most profound benefits and studied their remarkable effects of on human health.

ORIGINAL FOREST SELECTION AND NEARBY FACILITIES

The varietal of the pine trees used, environmental factors and soil composition are all important factors that determine the quantity, types and ratios of OPCs in found in them. That’s why the bark used for the OPCs extraction is French Maritime pine bark (Pinus Maritima) obtained from the same forest originally used by Professor Masquelier in the Les Landes region of France, near his laboratory and home in Bordeaux. Once the pine bark is harvested, the OPCs must be extracted within just a few weeks, to ensure they don’t lose their effectiveness. They are then quickly transported to an extraction facility in Bordeaux specially located nearby.

AWARDED MULTIPLE PATENTS
AWARDED MULTIPLE PATENTS

Professor Masquelier began a company to hold the numerous patents for his OPCs extracts, the first of which was as early as 1951. Nearly 20 years of scientific development led to its ultimate evolution (now known as MASQUELIER’s® French Pine Bark), which was first patented as a drug (Brévet de Special Médicament) in France in 1966 to support cardiovascular health and circulation.

RIGOROUS QUALITY CONTROL

The rigorous quality control regime that is in place at every stage, from forest selection right through to the distribution chain, ensures that MASQUELIER’s® French Pine Bark ‘OPCs extract’ is identical in form and quality to Professor Masquelier’s ultimate formula. This system includes regular visits to all facilities, DNA, macroscopic and microscopic laboratory identification of the raw material, and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Principal Component Analysis (PCA) of every batch of the final extract.

COMPLEX CONTROLS FOR A RELIABE AND CONSISTENT OPCs COMPOSITION

These processes are in place due to the many varied types of OPCs and structures that exist, which have a wide range of bioavailability and activity that impact their effects of human health. Professor Masquelier’s decades long development of OPCs extraction from French Pine Bark led to this ultimate composition of select OPCs which have numerous, verified health benefits. Only by ensuring that MASQUELIER’s® French Pine Bark ‘OPCs extract’ is identical in form and quality to Professor Masquelier’s can those same health benefits be relied upon.

MECHANISTIC ACTIONS AND PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECTS

MASQUELIER’s® OPCs extracts have a number of interesting mechanistic actions that lead to a broad range of health benefits at a physiological level. Some of these are support for:

• Cardiovascular health
• Collagen and elastin health and regeneration.
• The Immune system.
• The body’s homeostasis.

MASQUELIER’s® FRENCH PINE BARK HEALTH BENEFITS
MASQUELIER’s® FRENCH PINE BARK HEALTH BENEFITS

Some of the main areas of health benefits are:
• Skin health
• Antiaging
• Eye health
• Sports recovery
• Relief of heavy, tired legs
• Energy and Vitality

TAKEOUTS


MASQUELIER’s® French Pine Bark Extract was the first commercially available French Pine Bark Extract in the world.

• It is an OPCs focused extract rather than an extract of all polyphenols and substances contained in the bark.
• It is a particular ratio of only a few specific OPCs types and catechins.
• It has been researched and studied for over 65 years.
• It is the official and only French Pine Bark extract authorised to carry the MASQUELIER’s® brand.
• It is produced and verified at every stage of its production by Professor Masquelier’s original company.
• Eye health, skin health, sports recovery and many more health areas effected by the ongoing health of collagen, elastin, and the vascular and immune systems.