MASQUELIER’s® is the first French Pine Bark extract in the world. Originally developed and discovered by Professor Masquelier in 1951, he then spent decades studying its remarkable effects on human health.
There are over 70 years of scientific research verifying its many health benefits. These include extremely high antioxidant capability, support of the vascular and immune system, and their ability to help protect, repair and support the growth of both collagen and elastin. It is safeguarded by a rigorous quality control system developed by Professor Masquelier and continued by the company he established to ensure the continued production and quality of his legacy.
SPECIFIC OPCs FOCUS
French Pine bark itself is made up of many substances, and contains only a tiny amount of OPCs, of which there are many types. MASQUELIER’s® French Pine Bark ‘OPCs Extract’ however is highly selective in what it includes from the bark. It takes only certain types of OPCs and catechins (a precursor to an OPCs chain), in a particular ratio. This highly selective process requires extremely exacting methods and unusually vigilant controls.
ORIGINAL FOREST SELECTION AND NEARBY FACILITIES
The varietal of the pine trees used, environmental factors and soil composition are all important factors that determine the quantity, types and ratios of OPCs in found in them. That’s why the bark used for the OPCs extraction is French Maritime pine bark (Pinus Maritima) obtained from the same forest originally used by Professor Masquelier in the Les Landes region of France, near his laboratory and home in Bordeaux. Once the pine bark is harvested, the OPCs must be extracted within just a few weeks, to ensure they don’t lose their effectiveness. They are then quickly transported to an extraction facility in Bordeaux specially located nearby.
Professor Masquelier began a company to hold the numerous patents for his OPCs extracts, the first of which was as early as 1951. Nearly 20 years of scientific development led to its ultimate evolution (now known as MASQUELIER’s® French Pine Bark), which was first patented as a drug (Brévet de Special Médicament) in France in 1966 to support cardiovascular health and circulation.
COMPLEX CONTROLS FOR A RELIABE AND CONSISTENT OPCs COMPOSITION
These processes are in place due to the many varied types of OPCs and structures that exist, which have a wide range of bioavailability and activity that impact their effects of human health. Professor Masquelier’s decades long development of OPCs extraction from French Pine Bark led to this ultimate composition of select OPCs which have numerous, verified health benefits. Only by ensuring that MASQUELIER’s® French Pine Bark ‘OPCs extract’ is identical in form and quality to Professor Masquelier’s can those same health benefits be relied upon.
MECHANISTIC ACTIONS AND PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECTS
MASQUELIER’s® OPCs extracts have a number of interesting mechanistic actions that lead to a broad range of health benefits at a physiological level. Some of these are support for:
• Cardiovascular health
• Collagen and elastin health and regeneration.
• The Immune system.
• The body’s homeostasis.