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Masquelier’s OPC

Not to be confused with pedestrian grape seed and pine bark extracts (Which are non specific names and have no patents), Masquelier’s® OPC is derived from French maritime pine bark as well as vitis venisera (grape seed) which contains different … Continue reading

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Professor Jack Arthur Masquelier (1922-2009)

Legendary and amiable French scientist Jack Masquelier, one of the great pioneers in the fields of photochemistry and human health, died Tuesday, 24 February, in Bordeaux, France. Over sixty years ago, in July 1948, Jack Masquelier published his doctorate thesis … Continue reading

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1994 Masquelier recalls meetings With Szent-Gyorgyi the Father of Vitamin C

In December 1994, an interview with Jack Masquelier was recorded in the study of his summer house in Martillac (France).  Szent-Gyorgyi was a Hungarian physiologist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1937. He is credited with discovering vitamin … Continue reading

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How Masquelier Coined the Word Pycnogenols

In his 1979 article, Masquelier proposes that this group of flavanols be designated as “pycnogenols.” He coined the word on the basis of the fact that flavanols have this natural and spontaneous tendency to “thicken,” to condense. The Greek “pycno” … Continue reading

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Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins are a very common component of many vegetables

THE VEGETAL SOURCES OF OPC OPC exists in practically every plant and can be extracted from many vegetable sources. The study of 500 different types of plants demonstrates that flavanols are spread widely throughout the plant kingdom. They are found … Continue reading

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Isolating the constituents of OPC is a waste of time. It impairs efficacy. They are essential components of the brick house

Masquelier writes: “To me it seems undesirable to cut the extract up into small parts. What would you want to do with them? We are not at all certain that each of the individual components could be stabilized. Let me … Continue reading

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Masquelier’s OPC Is Unmatchable with Improved Chromatographic Method

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 … Continue reading

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Every Grape Vine Has its Own Fingerprint

There are practical sides to the fact that Western culture is so interested in searching for the fragments of the whole. Molecules such as bioflavanols found in grape seed extracts are produced in the plant with the help of enzymes. … Continue reading

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Phyto Therapeutics: A multifaceted spectrum of plant extracts for survival

In order to survive, man has always made use of extracts. In the field of nutrition, the extraction method is used to obtain a longer-lasting, more digestible or tastier product. The removal of water from a food already means we … Continue reading

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OPC extraction. Masqueliers method Marking it with Carbon 14

Any company wanting to introduce a medicine or dietary supplement on the market will have to at least prove that the substance is biologically available and in what amounts. This is an absolute requisite for the simple and obvious reason … Continue reading

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