Archive for December, 2010

OPC Supplement

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

OPC is a three letter acronym for Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins, more commonly known as super antioxidants. Twenty times stronger than Vitamin C, these super antioxidants require antioxidants like vitamin C and E to be present in the diet before they can enhance the effects of the antioxidants.

OPCs are known to improve circulation, enhance a healthy immune system, neutralize free radicals and  other effects of stress in the blood.

The combination of OPC that I recommend (OPC-EVO) contains:

Bilberry Powder     30 mg
Citrus Bioflavanoids     30 mg
Grape seed extract     30 mg
Pine Bark Extract     30 mg
Resveratrol Extract 20%     30 mg

I started using OPC in clinical practice in patients whose reproductive doctors would not allow them to be on herbs during a hormonally stimulated cycle. I felt strongly that many patients could benefit from a blood moving, immune enhancing, stress reducing addition to their diet, and most doctors allowed this nutritional supplement.

Not only did it seem to improve circulation to the reproductive organs, it also seemed to help with implantation rates and sperm morphology issues.  I recommend OPC for anyone who has the TCM diagnosis of:

Blood stasis
Blood heat
Spleen qi deficiency
Liver qi stagnation

It also reduces internal inflammatory reactions and is helpful with gynecological issues like endometriosis, adenomyosis, and fibroids. Although I am no longer trying to conceive, I continue to take OPCs. The slight blood thinning effect seems to help improve the oxygenation of my blood, and give me more energy.

*For more information and to purchase OPC from our Fertile Soul Store: http://thefertilesoul.com/shop/herbs/nutritional-supplements