nameless, on Oct 20 2009, 04:59 PM, said:
How long before you noticed a benefit from Moducare, and how would you rate it in comparison to pycnogenol? I realize allergy season ended so you quit taking it, but if it was working, why switch to Moducare? I suppose price could be one reason, pycnogenol isn't exactly cheap.
I wonder if any of those same sterols are in pycnogenol though... I know it's primarily made up of OPCs, but not entirely. I think about 35% of pycnogenol is made up of 'something else'.
its hard to say... when i was using pycnogenol i had asthma, tightness in the chest etc etc. it worked great for that. now i have itchyness, not so much tightness. the moducare seemed to kick in after about a week but its hard to say if its that or just the allergen being gone. after 4 weeks im going to take 2 weeks off to see if the symptoms come back.
i switched to moducare because the effects take effect within weeks vs pycnogenols effects happening within months.
also i've become more interested in cellular vs humeral immunity (th1/th2) balance and its implications in allergies and immune system over reactivity in general. i never in my life had allergies until a recent bout with mono. pycnogenol as far as i know, does not effect immune balance.
its unlikely the sterols are in pycnogenol in significant amounts, the other 35% is likely ash. moducare is an specific ratio of sterols to sterol glucosides(sterolins).
Edited by ajnast4r, 20 October 2009 - 10:11 PM.