Pycnogenol and Blood Sugar

Harry Hirsute

New member
Apr 12, 2006
Propecia, CA
"A new study to be published in an upcoming edition of the journal of Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice reveals that French maritime pine tree extract known as Pycnogenol® (pic-noj-en-all) delays the uptake of glucose from a meal 190 times more than prescription medications, preventing the typical high-glucose peak in the blood stream after a meal. The study revealed the pine bark is more potent for suppressing carbohydrate absorption in diabetes than synthetic prescription alpha-glucosidase inhibitors such as Precose®."

Iggy Dalrymple

New member
Apr 9, 2006
I'm a believer in OPCs but I figure I get more bang for the buck from grape seed & skin extract. I have read that the first source of OPCs that Dr Masquelier studied was peanut skins. If you've ever experienced the astringent taste of Pycnogenol, it's the same taste as biting into a muscadine grape seed or a pecan separation membrane.
OPC stands for Oligo ProanthoCyanidins these are some of Mother Natures most powerful antioxidants and free radical scavengers. This class of flavonoids is found in many types of fruits, seeds, and barks (i.e. cranberries, bilberries, pine bark, peanut shells, ginkgo biloba, green tea, grape juice, and one of the best sources grape seeds. The OPC used by Dr. Koch is from grape seeds and is covered under the patents (U.S. patent no. 4,698,360) of Jack Masquelier, Ph.D. the discoverer of the antioxidant properties of these natural compounds. He named these compounds Pycnogenol. The grape seed extract was used for most of Masquelier’s original research and is a purer source of the OPC than the pine bark. The grape seed extract also contains a higher percentage of the antioxidants (95%) as opposed to 85% for the pine bark extract. The grape seed extract also Contains more of the gallic esters of the OPC which are more efficient antioxidants than the OPC. Each FLAVANOL tablet contains 50.0 mg of OPC (95%) combined with 100.0 mg of Acerola extract that provides natural vitamin C and other bioflavonoids. Compare the quality and the price of FLAVANOL with other OPC’s or Pycnogenol** and you will find it is a high quality bargain.


New member
Apr 17, 2005
I have found the pycogenol from the maritime pine tree particularly effective for allergies to cedar and juniper pollen, totally eliminating the allergy.