In 1955, armed with his growing knowledge about extraction and analysis of flavanols, Masquelier demonstrated that OPC is a major constituent of red wine. With an improved chromatographic method, he demonstrated that wine contained the same OPC molecules found in and isolated from the skins of peanuts and pine bark.
Slowly but surely a complete picture developed with respect to the structure and nature of this extremely effective substance. It is this substance that gives the vitamin P effect to plants and food. As we shall see later on, it was demonstrated that this constituent was many times more effective than rutin. It became more and more certain that from all the vegetable polyphenols, the flavanols are unmatchable in vitamin P action. They are far more superior than the bioflavonoids.
Without exaggerating, it may be said that bioflavanols always plan an influential role where plants, plant extracts, foods and remedies are used for health-promoting effects. Whether we are dealing with hawthorn, mistletoe, red wine, green tea or Ginkgo biloba, over and over again we are confronted with the bioflavanols as the superior, active element.
Step by step, Masquelier and his colleagues researched, finding full confirmation and explanation of Jacques Cartier’s Indian tale. They realized that the bark of the Canadian Anneda tree must have been replete with bioflavanols and, in addition, the needles must have contained vitamin C. A better anti-scurvy remedy probably doesn’t exist. Being close to Nature, the American Indians had known the remedy ages before Cartier set foot on North American ground.
We in Western culture have always sought proof of “Indian tales” per the scientific methods we developed, even though in practice such Folk Medicine remedies are serious business. For that matter, the Indians are not the only ones familiar with natural remedies before they were scientifically proven. Folk medicine and herbal extracts are found all over the world. In fact, they are about as old as the world itself. Click here to buy Masqueliers grape seed extract.