Posted by DSCH on August 22, 2003, at 20:06:21
In reply to Re: OPCs (Pycnogenol/Pine Bark and Grape Seed) » DSCH, posted by Larry Hoover on August 22, 2003, at 18:37:28
Well the ADD/ADHD site went into about how it presumably retards breakdown of dopamine and norepinepherine (MAO-B!? *quizzical look* The reference is presumably "The ADD Nutrition Solution" by Marcia Zimmerman). As I suspect the major contributor to my problems has been pre-diabetic hypoglycemia and hyperinsulinism the claims of preventing microhaemorages were interesting too. Above all it is touted as an Ueber-Antioxidant which acts in synergy with other vitamins and is a vasodiliator to boot (a nice change of pace for a former caffiene abuser like myself).
Trader Joe's had Trader Darwin's Pycnogenol 50x25mg for ten bucks, which is the least expensive I've found with that French trademarked name (which on the upside means the extract has been handled to pharmaceutical standards with government oversight), so I sprang for a test drive which I'll start tomorrow. Wild Oats had Solaray Grapenol 60x30mg for thirteen and Nature's Way Dr. Masquelier's Grape Seed OPC 90x75mg for twenty-eight, which is probably the best deal of all.
Hey, Dr. Bob, I used the double double quotes! ;-)