Grape seed or Pine bark extract (Proanthocyanidins or opcs)

Definition:Also commonly referred to as pycnogenol, this substance has impressive antioxidant properties and is considered substantially more effective than either vitamin C or E in scavenging free radicals. It also has pronounced anti-inflammatory actions due to a flavonoid called proanthocyanidin. It can be extracted from grape seeds or pine bark and is especially good for vision problems, nerve inflammations, water retention and cardiovascular conditions. It has the ability to stabilize collagen and retard skin aging.
Applications:Free radical protection, Bell's palsy, diabetes, skin aging, bursitis, ulcers, eyesight, cancer, heart disease, arteriosclerosis, multiple sclerosis, colds and flu, prostate disease, lupus, psoriasis, arthritis, senile dementia, stroke and Parkinson's disease.
Recommendations:Some controversy exists as to whether pine bark or grape seed is a better source of proanthocyanidins. Both can be good if manufactured by reliable companies that guarantee potency and purity.

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