Natural Therapies DONZ OPC Super Anti-oxidant is a unique blend of grape seed and plant extracts containing proanthocyanidins, phytonutrients and antioxidants which may have powerful body protection and health promoting benefits.
The DONZ NATURAL OPC Grape Seed Extract is naturally extracted, so there are NO chemical or solvent residues. DONZ recommend that a grape seed extract contains 95% OPC consisting of monomers and oligomers.
OPC’s (Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins) are a set of very powerful bioflavonoid complexes that perform as free radical scavengers in the human body.
OPC bioflavonoids were first noticed in the laboratory because they have the uncanny ability to strengthen blood vessel walls within hours of taking them! The person responsible for their discovery was a French scientist named Dr. Jacques Masquelier, who first tested bioflavonoid containing peanuts on lab animals and discovered that their blood vessel walls would double in strength only hours after eating them. His discovery was made in 1948. In 1951, this same doctor extracted OPC’s from pine bark.
In 1970, Dr. Masquelier obtained yet another patent for these bioflavonoids – the grape seed extract, a far more potent product.
The DONZ OPC recipe has optimised absorption of the Grape Seed Extract by including varied Bioflavanoids, Minerals and other synergising ingredients.
OPC’s have the ability to scavenge free radicals from the body. Free radicals are simply oxygen atoms that are robbed of an electron through the body’s natural metabolic processes.
If you exercise or smoke you are exposed to higher levels of these free radicals than most people. Ironically, people who exercise are exposed to more free radicals than those who don’t because they have faster, more vigorous metabolisms. Smokers, and second-hand smokers are bombarded by free radicals because free radicals are also the product of pollutants (inefficient combustion).
The oxygen atom, which in a stable state has four pairs of electrons, becomes unstable when it loses an electron. An oxygen atom with seven electrons is referred to as a free radical. Free radicals quickly attach themselves to something – in this case body tissues – in order to stabilise themselves.
What happens is the free radical takes an electron from the membrane of a body tissue and by doing so, produces yet another free radical, which then is obliged by its charge to seek out another electron – in your body.
What results is a cascade of oxidations – literally rusting body tissues. This is such a pernicious and ubiquitous phenomenon in the body, that free radical oxidation has recently been proposed as the sole source of chronic degenerative disease!
Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins, in fact anti-oxidants in general, are structured in such a way that they are able to donate electrons freely without altering their valence (their electrons are not paired). What this means is that anti-oxidants can stabilise free radical without themselves becoming dangerous. In fact, anti-oxidants will go about donating electrons until they have no more; one anti-oxidant molecule is able to neutralise many free radicals.
To put OPC’s in perspective among other anti-oxidants, they are 20 times as potent as Vitamin C, and 50 times as potent as Vitamin E (20 and 50 are nice round numbers, but remember OPC’s are a class of bioflavonoids, and these are approximations).
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