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OPC Synergy

Clinical trials are increasingly revealing more and more about the benefits of incorporating antioxidant-rich foods in our diets. But some supplement manufacturers are taking advantage of the growing buzz about antioxidants, and are creating antioxidant themed supplements that promise to improve the consumer and their health in every conceivable way.

Below we take an in-depth look at OPC Synergy, an antioxidant blend, to see how it can benefit the consumer.

OPC Synergy Pros

  • Antioxidants could benefit general health

OPC Synergy Cons

  • No money-back guarantee
  • Restocking fee on returns
  • Sellers and holistic healers work for a commission
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OPC Synergy

What You Need To Know About OPC Synergy

OPC Synergy contains a blend of ingredients that are naturally high in antioxidants. The name of the product refers to ‘OPCs’ or Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins, a group of flavanols that all have antioxidant properties. The manufacturers suggest that the ingredients in OPC Synergy are all high in different OPCs, and that supplementing them will help to stop and reverse some signs of aging, keep the circulatory system healthy, and even support cognitive function. However, we believe that the manufacturers overstate the supposed benefits of the product; the manufacturers also have a long and controversial history with the FDA, and it is typically sold through holistic healers and chiropractors who ‘recommend’ products to their patients, whilst neglecting to mention that they receive commission on sales.

What Are The Side Effects Of OPC Synergy?

Some of the ingredients found in OPC Synergy could potentially cause a range of side effects. Buckwheat contains rutin in an unknown quantity. Rutin supplementation can cause side effects including blurred vision, stomach upset, headache, flushed skin, rashes, nervousness, changes in heart rate, fluid accumulation in your knees and muscle stiffness. Green tea can cause constipation. Resveratrol might interact with blood thinners as warfarin (Coumadin), and NSAID medications like aspirin and ibuprofen.

How Much Does OPC Synergy Cost?

OPC Synergy is only available to buy on the Internet from Amazon, as all Standard Process products are generally intended to be purchased from alternative healthcare professionals who act as distributors. If you have a chiropractor or alternative therapist, etc., they may be able to arrange a shipment of Standard Process products on your behalf if you wish.

A single pack of OPC Synergy, containing 40 capsules, costs $65.95. Delivery charges may also apply. Prices are reportedly much lower when buying direct from alternative medical practitioners; the official website states that a single bottle should cost $38.50, but there may be some variations in price.

With 40 capsules per bottle, this product is relatively expensive when purchased from a distributor at the recommended price, and incredibly expensive when purchased through Amazon.

Our Verdict On OPC Synergy

We are not impressed by OPC Synergy or its manufacturer, Standard Process, at all.

Despite overwhelmingly positive reviews, we felt that some customers had been directed to this product by unscrupulous distributors who claim that the product will work for their particular ailment; with one chiropractor recommending this as a treatment for ‘lack of focus’ in an 11 year old, we have to wonder just how professional the healthcare professionals who recommend this product really are.

The product features a list of ingredients that all have significant or notable levels of antioxidants in them, which have been associated with a range of health benefits. However, we suspect that the health benefits are greatly overstated, and that the product is actually under-dosed. With only 410 mg of the proprietary formula per daily dose, we fail to see how the ingredients are being delivered in therapeutic quantities; resveratrol alone needs to be taken in the high dose of 2 grams per day to see the same benefits found in clinical trials.

The product is expensive, and if you cannot find a local distributor near you (using the website’s search feature), then ordering from Amazon may be the only option available; the prices of all Standard Process products are hugely inflated on Amazon.

Standard Process do not offer a money back guarantee, and their returns policy is incredibly limited. They also charge a restocking fee, which is a huge 20% of the purchase price of the product.

We ultimately recommend that if you do have any ailment that you need seeing to, invest your time and take advice from a real healthcare professional rather than quacks and snake oil salesmen like Standard Process and its army of unqualified distributors.

We do not recommend OPC Synergy, or Standard Process, to our readers.

OPC Synergy Review

OPC Synergy contains a blend of ingredients that are naturally high in antioxidants. The name of the product refers to ‘OPCs’ or Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins, a group of flavanols that all have antioxidant properties. The manufacturers suggest that the ingredients in OPC Synergy are all high in different OPCs, and that supplementing them will help to stop and reverse some signs of aging, keep the circulatory system healthy, and even support cognitive function. However we believe that the manufacturers overstate the supposed benefits of the product.

OPC Synergy Facts

  • Manufactured by Standard Process.
  • 40 capsules per bottle.
  • Antioxidant blend.

This product is manufactured and sold by Standard Process, one of the older American supplement companies. Founded in 1927, this company was founded and run by a dentist called Dr. Royal Lee. Over the years, Lee and his company have been dogged by controversy, as the dentist became known for making unsubstantiated or untrue comments about nutrition and health, all with the aim of selling products. Lee was eventually labelled ‘probably the largest publisher of unreliable and false nutritional information in the world’ by an FDA enforcer in 1963, and his company now seems to shy away from making dramatic claims about their products. However, many independent distributors appear to be making controversial claims when recommending various products to their customers. The company can be contacted via the contact details supplied on the official Standard Process website.

How to Take OPC Synergy

Take one capsule per day.

OPC Synergy Concerns:

  • No money-back guarantee.
  • Restocking fee on returns.
  • Company sells product through holistic healers on a commission basis.

What Does OPC Synergy Claim To Do?

The manufacturers of OPC Synergy make the following claims about the product’s benefits and uses on their official website:

OPC Synergy provides a synergistic blend that exhibits antioxidant activity and supports cell functioning.

  • Provides antioxidant activity
  • Supports and maintains normal cell function
  • Helps maintain normal cognitive function
  • Traditionally used in support of eye health
  • Supports the complex processes associated with aging
  • Supports a healthy cardiovascular system
  • Maintains capillary integrity.

They make bolder and more specific claims on the information cards given to distributors:

Keeps your circulatory system healthy: OPC helps maintain the properties of platelets. OPC makes all blood vessel walls – from large arteries to tiny capillaries – stronger and more elastic.

Maintains collagen strength and elasticity: Dr. Masquelier’s thoroughly researched and patented OPC helps support and maintain collagen protein. OPC helps restore and maintain skin resilience by protecting elastin from oxidative damage.

Maintains capillary integrity: OPC helps prevent leakage of fluid between cells by strengthening capillary walls.

Supports healthy brain function: One of OPC’s most desirable properties is their ability to penetrate both aqueous and lipid cellular membranes. They can cross the blood-brain barrier and provide antioxidant support to delicate brain tissue. OPC also provides vascular support to further promote healthy brain function.

Does OPC Synergy Work?

OPC Synergy features a list of ingredients that all have significant or notable levels of antioxidants in them, which have been associated with a range of health benefits. By mixing different types of antioxidants as well (such as catechins, beta carotene and resveratrol), the formula is more likely to subtly improve the consumer’s general health, at least in theory.

However, we suspect that the health benefits are greatly overstated, and that the active ingredients are actually significantly under-dosed. With only 410 mg of the proprietary formula per daily dose, we fail to see how the ingredients are being delivered in therapeutic quantities; resveratrol alone needs to be taken in the high dose of 2 grams per day to see the same benefits found in clinical trials.

Overall, OPC Synergy could provide some general health benefits, but it is unlikely to have a huge impact. It should not be used to replace medications prescribed by a traditionally qualified doctor.

What Are The Ingredients of OPC Synergy?

The ingredients found in OPC Synergy are detailed below. The product contains a proprietary formula, and so no individual ingredient quantities are provided at all. Each capsule contains 410 mg of the proprietary formula.

Proprietary Blend 410 mg

  • Dried Buckwheat: Dried buckwheat is a great source of rutin, a bioflavinoid. Rutin is thought to help prevent the formation of blood clots, to lower cholesterol levels, and to act as an anti-inflammatory which could help to reduce arthritis pain. Whilst Rutin appears to have a huge range of benefits, many of the studies into the bioflavonoid used animal subjects, not human. It is also unclear how much Rutin is present in this particular extract.
  • Green Tea Leaf Extract & Powder: Green tea is high in a group of antioxidants called catechins, and is also a natural source of caffeine. Studies have suggested that catechins and caffeine both increase energy expenditure by boosting the metabolism slightly for few hours.
  • Carrot: Carrot contains beta carotene, which may be an antioxidant. It is also a source of fibre, which could help to improve digestion.
  • Grape Seed Extract (Masquelier’s Original OPC): Grape seed extract may help to lower cholesterol levels and improve poor circulation. It is also high in antioxidants, which may benefit health in general.
  • Red Wine Extract: Most likely resveratrol. This ingredient is a type of polyphenol, an antioxidant, which is found naturally in the skin of red grapes, as well as some other plant sources. Resveratrol has been found to help prevent insulin resistance, and so indirectly could have implications for weight loss in some patients. However, as yet this has not been confirmed conclusively through clinical trials. It is thought that antioxidants in general promote general health and wellness.
  • Bilberry Extract: Bilberry contains tannins, which could reduce inflammation. Compounds found in Bilberry may also lower blood sugar levels and cholesterol levels as well as improve circulation.

Does OPC Synergy Have Any Side Effects?

Some of the ingredients found in OPC Synergy could potentially cause a range of side effects.

Buckwheat contains rutin in an unknown quantity; rutin supplementation can cause side effects including blurred vision, stomach upset, headache, flushed skin, rashes, nervousness, changes in heartbeat, fluid accumulation in your knees and muscle stiffness.

Green tea can cause constipation. Resveratrol might interact with blood thinners like warfarin (Coumadin), and NSAID medications like aspirin and ibuprofen.

Caution:
Not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women. May not be suitable for children under the age of 18; consult your physician before purchase. Not suitable for anyone who is taking blood pressure-regulating medications, or cholesterol-regulating medications. Diabetics should consult their doctor before purchase.

Are There Any Customer Reviews For OPC Synergy?

There are some customer reviews for OPC Synergy on Amazon, one of the websites that sells the supplement. What is clear is that a lot of people are recommended the products by holistic physicians who are independent distributors of Standard Process products; this means that the person who recommended it to them will be getting a commission on the sale of the product. This has also led to some questionable decisions; for example, one reviewer’s chiropractor (who deals with the alignment of the spine and treating back pain) recommended treatment for an 11 year old with focus problems, which is definitely outside their own speciality.

My chiropractor recommended this product for my 11-year-old son who has focus problems… I have seen such a change in him. He’s more engaging and stays focus longer at complex tasks. This product works and is great.

The product was recommended to me by my naturopath, and I’ve yet to be disappointed by any of her recommendations. She also recommends a lot of the Standard Process brand, so I trust it. OPC Synergy is a whole food with green tea, and the good parts of wine in it (I’d still rather drink the wine, but I can only down so much green tea), so I’m certain that’s in doing me good. I believe in prevention, and so far I have yet to get any kind of illness, and haven’t for years. The thing about using food for your health is that you can’t see immediate results like you would with a pharmaceutical. The trouble is, pharmaceuticals also come with a boatload of side effects, while nutritional supplements don’t, unless you count having more energy than your friends of the same age, a side effect. This is one supplement that’s going to be ongoing in my life.

I am absolutely satisfied with quality of OPC Synergy. It works great. I feel more focused and my memory is improved since I started to take this supplement for the last 2-3 weeks. It really helps me to study for a very difficult exam. The delivery of OPC Synergy was very prompt.

Have been using it for years. My two dogs love it too. They get two every morning and beg for it.

A great antioxidant!!! A Holistic Physician suggested I take it and now it is a part of my daily supplements.

I like it and I buy this for my son. I swallow it without any problems. It was recommended by our chiropractor.

Does OPC Synergy Offer a Money-Back Guarantee?

Standard Process does not offer a money back guarantee on their products. Returns can be arranged, but refunds will only be granted on ‘unopened packages’. To arrange a refund, customers must first contact customer service within 30 days to receive a Return to Manufacturer Authorisation (RMA) number, which they then must write on the outside of the returned package. Even if all of these conditions are met, Standard Process will deduct 20% from the refund to cover processing fees.

Where Can I Buy OPC Synergy?

OPC Synergy is only available to buy on the Internet from Amazon, as all Standard Process products are generally intended to be purchased from alternative healthcare professionals who act as distributors. If you have a chiropractor or alternative therapist, etc., they may be able to arrange a shipment of Standard Process products on your behalf if you wish.

A single pack of OPC Synergy, containing 40 capsules, costs $65.95. Delivery charges may also apply. Prices are reportedly much lower when buying direct from alternative medical practitioners; the official website states that a single bottle should cost $38.50, but there may be some variations in price.

Disclaimer: Our reviews and investigations are based on extensive research from the information publicly available to us and consumers at the time of first publishing the post. Information is based on our personal opinion and whilst we endeavour to ensure information is up-to-date, manufacturers do from time to time change their products and future research may disagree with our findings. If you feel any of the information is inaccurate, please contact us and we will review the information provided.





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