OPC Antioxidants Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins
|Very few individuals, if any, reach their potential maximum life span. They die instead prematurely of a wide variety of diseases -- the vast majority being "free radical" diseases. Denham Harman M.D., Ph.D., 1984|
Free radicals are molecules that are over-reactive because they are unbalanced electronically (they contain an unpaired electron.) In the attempt to become balanced they rob electrons from the molecules that make up the cells in your body, damaging or destroying them.
Controllable amounts of free radicals are formed during normal cellular functions, but excess free radicals can result from drugs, air pollution, tobacco smoke, pesticides, herbicides, chemicals in our food and water, allergic reactions, emotional upsets, excessive exercise, and even an excess of certain dietary substances such as fats.
Free radicals damage cell structure and reduce the cell's ability to function. One example is aged, leathery skin. Here the cell walls have become rigid due to free radical damage. Just as metal fences can rust with age, our bodies are "rusting" due to damage from free radicals.
By helping to deactivate free radials, malfunctions of the circulatory and immune systems are diminished and aging slows. Proanthocyanidins are one of the most valuable nutrients you can take and will make you look and feel better!
Your Body's First Line of Defense
Fortunately, there are special nutrients, called antioxidants that protect against free radical damage. They offer a powerful nutritional tool to prevent illness and even slow down aging. Examples of antioxidant nutrients are Vitamins A, C & E and the minerals zinc and selenium.
And now new to most Americans is a super potent antioxidant commonly known as Proanthocyanidins. These active ingredients are the most potent, natural, free radical scavengers yet discovered.
In tests done to measure the ability of substances to neutralize free radicals, proanthocyanidins proved to be 20 times more powerful than Vitamin C and 50 times more powerful than Vitamin E!
The Amazing Discovery
The research which led to the discovery and isolation of Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins or OPCs can be traced back as long ago as the winter of 1535, when French explorer Jacques Cartier attempted to sail up what is now known as the St. Lawrence River in Canada. The river froze, trapping his ship and crew.
Cartier and his crew tried to survive the best they could, but lacking fresh fruit and vegetables, they soon fell victim to scurvy. Some 25 crew members perished before being rescued by the friendly Quebec Indians.
The Indians introduced Cartier and his crew to a tea they had brewed from the bark of pine trees growing in the area. The tea eliminated the crew's nutritional deficiencies and helped save their lives. Cartier wrote of this amazing discovery in his journal titled, "Voyages Au Canada".
More than 400 years later French professor Jacques Masquelier, on assignment at the University of Quebec doing bioflavonoid research, read Cartier's book and was particularly intrigued by his documentation. Dr. Masquelier picked up on Cartier's revelations and after considerable testing was able to isolate the active components in the bark of this unique pine tree.
Grape Seed and Grape Skin Extract
Who would have thought that the unassuming little grape seed
could pack so much medicinal power?
The Studies: Professor Jacques Masquelier is truly the father of OPCs. He discovered them, he isolated them, he characterized them, and he named them. He conducted or oversaw numerous clinical trials, tests and studies to establish the safety and efficiency of OPCs.
For over 20 years Professor Masquelier shepherded his discovery and invention through rigorous pharmaceutical testing. This testing showed OPCs to be virtually free of side effects and totally non-carcinogenic.
One of the characteristics that impressed Professor Masquelier the most was the high bioavailability of OPCs. All proanthocyanidins, whether they are extracted from pine bark, grape seed, grape skin, are naturally bioavailable. That means they can be rapidly absorbed and transported throughout the body.
Within one hour of ingestion, OPCs can be detected in human saliva. Testing suggests that OPCs have bioavailability levels as high as 95%.
Proanthocyanidins are water-soluble and so are easily utilized by the body. Within 20 minutes much of it is absorbed and on the way to your tissues. They remain in the body for 72 hours where they affix themselves to both the inside and the outside of cell membranes, protecting them from free radicals and destructive enzymes.
They also work with other vitamins. For example, they reinforce the function of vitamin C and actually help the vitamin C stay active longer.
Pro Liberator delivers the power of all these flavanoids in a convenient, alcohol-free form to help your body fight free radicals and the damage they cause. A unique process, which uses only natural ingredients, makes our ingredients and it's environmentally friendly to produce as no toxic chemicals go down the drain.
It is for these reasons that Pro Liberator contains 400 mg of these fantastic OPCs from a blend of grape seed, grape skin, and pine bark extract!
Most store brand products like this contain 50 to 70% less OPCs per serving!
The French Paradox
For years, scientists have studied the phenomenon know as the "French Paradox". The French have a diet filled with saturated fat and cholesterol, yet they have the lowest rate of heart disease of any western society nearly half that of the U.S.
Some scientists believe the answer lies in the red wine the French drink specifically, the polyphenolic bioflavonoids concentrated inside the grape seed, which end up in the wine.
In fact, that's why some experts believe that red wine is more healthful than white, since red wine is fermented with seeds while white is not.
The OPCs in red wine are some of the most powerful antioxidants yet discovered.
Green Tea Leaf Extract
The health benefits of green tea date back hundreds of years. And research on the health benefits of green tea has been on going for the last 20 years.
In areas of the world where green tea is consumed on a regular basis, deaths rates are significantly lower than those that don't.
Pro Liberator provides you the equivalent of one 10-ounce cup of freshly brewed green tea per serving, with about one half the caffeine that is in one cup of coffee.