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What Are the Health Benefits of Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins?

By Helena Reimer
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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One of the primary health benefits of oligomeric proanthocyanidins is that they can help to prevent many types of diseases. They are a type of polyphenols that act as powerful antioxidants and can help to eliminate free radicals and other harmful toxins that contribute to disease. Studies have shown that they can improve cardiovascular health, protect against cancer, and might also help with weight management. Polyphenols can be obtained from many plant foods as well as from dietary supplements.

Oligomeric proanthocyanidins are said to have much higher antioxidant powers than vitamins C and E, which are known as two of the top antioxidants. Antioxidants help to improve cell health by stopping the harmful effects of free radicals that can wear down cellular tissues. As a result, the risk of cancer and other diseases can be reduced. Premature wrinkles and other signs of skin aging are also reduced when this polyphenol is present because it is able to increase the collagen and elasticity of the skin cells.

Good cardiovascular health is another benefit as these substances are able to reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. In addition, they can also help to protect the heart against the damaging effects of high cholesterol levels. Oligomeric proanthocyanidins help to promote flexibility of the vessels and increase blood circulation throughout the whole body, both of which are beneficial for the heart.

Another benefit of oligomeric proanthocyanidins is due to their ability in regulating blood sugar by slowing the rate at which the glucose is absorbed into the bloodstream. This is particularly beneficial for patients with type two diabetes. It can also help to reduce the risk of eye problems that are commonly associated with diabetes.

Varicose veins as well as many problems associated with them, such as pain, fatigue, and swelling, can be improved. Other types of swelling due to surgeries or physical injuries can be helped as well. Oligomeric proanthocyanidins are often used for weight management; however, there does not seem to be enough scientific evidence to prove that it is beneficial.

Grape seeds and red wine made from grapes are a few good sources of oligomeric proanthocyanidins as well as cranberries and other berries. It is also found in legumes, fruits, and many green teas, which can be consumed on a regular basis to ensure a healthy intake. Dietary supplements are available for those who have trouble getting enough from food sources. They can be taken daily in dosages somewhere between 150 to 300 milligrams.

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Discussion Comments

By Animandel — On Jul 31, 2014

@Laotionne - I don't know the percentages for how many people get enough oligomeric proanthocyanidins in their diets, but more and more people are conscious of eating healthy foods like the ones mentioned in the article as containing oligomeric proanthocyanidins.

What happens a lot of times is people will read about a vitamin or herb that is said to be really good for them and they will immediately rush out and buy supplements so they can take advantage of the benefits.

In many cases, the person is already getting as much of the vitamin or nutrient as his body can absorb. So what ends up happening is the body discards the substances in the supplement without ever using them.

Before you start taking a new supplement it is a good idea to have blood or urine tests to make sure your body needs them.

By Laotionne — On Jul 30, 2014

Sounds like oligomeric proanthocyanidin can do a body a lot of good. The problem is I have no way of knowing if I am already getting enough these OPCs. Does anyone know if the average person gets enough of them in his or her diet?

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