Consumers need to know that the marketplace is full of imitations, offshoots and derivatives of scientifically-proven natural products. This is especially important in the "grape seed extract" and "pine bark extract" category.
Most so-called oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) products contain nothing more than grape seeds or other plant parts which have been pulverized in a food processor—because producing "extracts" is inexpensive and requires no specialized equipment or knowledge. Manufacturers use various chemical solvents which are quite different from water and food-grade alcohol. Where manufacturers actually isolate proanthocyanidins from their extracts, they fail to remove the many large clusters from among the small "oligomeric" clusters of proanthocyanidins. (Large clusters of proanthocyanidins are in ineffective, unsafe and anti-nutritive.) There is also wide variation between grape seeds used as well as seed separation, drying and storage. All these differences have a significant impact on the final composition and why most are anti-nutritive and may be dangerous in large doses.
Unfortunately, there is no American industry standard for accurately identifying and quantifying dietary supplements sold as proanthocyanidins. The result is that so-called proanthocyanidins products contain unidentified and untraceable extracts typically labeled vaguely as "grape seed extract" or "pine bark extract." Even a trained observer is left guessing about the origin of the ingredients, method of production, and in which country and according to what standards it was produced.
Consumers should also be aware that some manufacturers of grape seed and pine bark extracts have devised ways to synthetically boost the proanthocyanidin numbers for their extracts. However, there is no scientific research to show whether the human body benefits from a synthetic boost. More importantly, large-clusters of proanthocyanidins are anti-nutritive and unhealthy for consumption. (189-194)
Because suppliers of grape seed and pine bark extracts use various and unproven manufacturing processes, there are widespread differences in products labeled as "grape seed extract" or "pine bark extract" in the marketplace. Unfortunately, too, many companies have used the inventor's name, Dr. Jack Masquelier, and his research in unauthorized ways to promote illegitimate extracts. Together with widespread confusion and misunderstanding as to the differences between vague "extracts" and their active principles, it's practically impossible for retailers and consumers to distinguish inferior products from quality ones.
Most producers of grape seed extracts and pine bark extracts leave the large proanthocyanidin molecules (tannins) in their products in order to bulk up the weight and then allow the consumer to wrongly believe they are consuming small-molecule oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs).
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