Hi Tony, could I ask, if someone were to make their own oleander soup and not have access to the frutsecens plant, is it a big issue that it woul be missing from the soup. I dont get it why it's in the extract if oleander is the main deal?
If I had a serious condition, I would opt for the OPC not only to get whatever added benefits S. Frutescens offered but also to be ensured of getting consistent potency and quality from one batch to another, since the OPC is now made in a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility to exact standards.
Depending on what you are treating, I am not sure you will lose much if anything by using only oleander instead of the OPC mix, especially if you are treating cancer and you follow the rest of my suggested protocol. Marc's original formulation included 80% oleander and 20% combined of agaricus blazei murrill mushroom, cat's claw and either pau de arco for HIV or chrysobalanus icaco (red-tipped plum tree) for cancer.
He choose those rainforest botanicals based on the extra cancer fighting, immune boosting and restorative characteristics, but he also has told me all along that he felt that it was the oleander doing most of the work, especially in cancer. I presume the same to be true after Marc found that S. Frutescens could be substituted for the other added botanicals and work as well or better. I am convinced that it is a better option for HIV and it is a proven combination for both cancer and HIV (but so is oleander by itself).
The South Africa government is awfully proud of Sutherlandia Frutescens, where it is named "The South African Cancer Bush", as seen by the fact that they issued a postage stamp in it's honor.
Bottom line: OPC might be a wee bit better but if you choose to go oleander instead of OPC, you should do fine.