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OPC = GRAPE-SEED-EXTRACT = Oligomeric ProanthoCyanidines =
ORIGINAL-REAL-OPC = PROANTHENOLS™ by LifePlus International
Have you ever heard the terms "free radicals,"
"antioxidants," "OPCs," or "super-antioxidants"?
Well, here is some information that we think you might find interesting.
Why should I take PROANTHENOLS?
Proanthenols contains real antioxidant protection based upon 50 years of research by Dr. Jack Masquelier and Berkem Laboratories in Southern France. The main ingredient, Real OPCs, extracted from grape seeds and pine bark, provides superior antioxidant protection that is 50 times more powerful than vitamin E and 20 times more powerful than vitamin C. And, Proanthenols helps all other antioxidants (including vitamins C and E) work better! Real OPCs protect your cells against free radical attack and support the collagen structure of all the organs in your body. Proanthenols is definitely one of our most significant products.
Cigarette smoke, air pollution, alcohol, drugs, radiation, and chemicals —what do all these have in common? They generate free radicals, which cause "oxidative stress". Free radicals attack many of your vital cellular components, including cellular membranes and DNA. They also stimulate processes that have been linked to accelerated cellular aging.
Proanthenols contains the exclusive Real OPCs extracted by Berkem Laboratories from both grape seeds and pine bark as based on research by Dr. Jack Masquelier, Professor from the University of Bordeaux in Southern France. He discovered this class of nutrients, which are known collectively as Oligomeric ProanthoCyanidins, in the late 1940’s. Continued research since then has resulted in this wonderful natural extract. The Real OPCs in Proanthenols is 100% bioavailable and 100% residue-free.
It is important to understand the difference between Real OPCs™ and ordinary grape seed extracts, which are often nothing more than ground-up or slightly extracted grape seeds. Independent laboratory tests have shown the Real OPCs extract in Proanthenols to be more reliable at neutralizing free radicals than other grape seed extracts.
OPCs are classed with the broad group of naturally occurring antioxidant substances found in plants known as polyphenolic flavonoids. Dr. Masquelier has shown that OPCs are present in literally hundreds of plants. However, two of the best sources are grape seeds and pine bark, from which OPCs are extracted. Berkem Laboratories in Southern France is the most knowledgeable and experienced company in the world that produces high-quality OPC extracts.
Berkem worked closely with Dr. Jack Masquelier for many years, perfecting the commercial extraction technique based on his scientific protocols over several decades. The resultant product contains the purest, most consistently reliable OPC available–the standard against which all others are compared.
Unfortunately, the terms "grape seed extract" and "pine bark extract" have generally been used by companies to make their products more marketable. One thing is certain, generic grape seed or pine bark extracts are not comparable to high-quality Real OPCs; these generic extracts are worlds apart from the composition of Real OPCs, and so are their health-supporting benefits.
From a historical viewpoint, it is interesting to study the documents of Jacques Cartier, a French explorer whose crew were dying of scurvy in the winter of 1534-1535. Scurvy, a deficiency of vitamin C (ascorbic acid), occurs after several months without fresh fruits and vegetables in the diet. The dying men drank a tea made from the needles and bark of pine trees and used the solid residue as a poultice placed over swollen joints. Incredibly the men who had been dying a short time before were led to complete recovery within a week of this incredible find.
Research by Dr. Masquelier and colleagues have shown that Real OPCs make vitamin C more effective, and can even substitute for its functions. The Real OPCs contained in Proanthenols provide 50 times the antioxidant protection of vitamin E and 20 times that of vitamin C.
Vascular health has been shown to be supported by supplementation with OPCs. Actually, OPCs are unique among antioxidants, due to their complex mixture of different sized molecules (oligomers). This complex mixture enables them to function as an antioxidant network in-and-of themselves; they also protect other important antioxidant reserves in the body, such as glutathione and vitamin E.
Life Plus combines Real OPCs with a proprietary blend of bioflavonoids including citrus flavonoids, hesperidin, rutin, quercetin, and even vitamin C. Of course, we’ve included our exclusive PhytoZyme™ Base of concentrates from over 30 specially selected fruit, vegetable, and herbal concentrates to further enhance its benefits.
In addition to antioxidant protection, Real OPCs also support collagen and help maintain elastin throughout your whole body. These two critical proteins are major components of all your connective tissues and organs. They are responsible for maintaining structural integrity as well as the elasticity of all the tissues throughout your body. This includes your joints, blood vessels, skin, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and even your heart. By maintaining healthy levels of structural collagen and elastin, your body is able to continue to function more efficiently and maintain its youthful strength and flexibility longer. The OPCs in Proanthenols actually attach to "reactive sites" on collagen molecules and protect them from free radical attack. This is one of the reasons they are so protective and so valuable for your circulatory system.
Double blind studies have shown that OPCs actually strengthen capillaries (the tiniest of all blood vessels) while using as little as 100 mg per day.
According to the literature, it has been shown that OPCs help to maintain and support visual performance in the dark and after exposure to glare in healthy people with normal vision.× Research has shown protective effects of OPCs on blood vessels in various experimental models and has also suggested that OPCs may play a role in helping to maintain healthy mental function as people age.
When you purchase Life Plus Proanthenols, you can rely on getting only the best Real OPCs that have been extracted by methods pioneered and developed by Dr. Masquelier, then refined and implemented by Berkem Laboratories. Proanthenols are at the heart of the Life Plus Difference.
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Contains CytoFlav-C™, a secret blend of Bioflavonoids and Vitamin C, in the proprietary PhytoZyme™ base of phytonutrients and plant enzymes. Life Plus' "Real OPC™" is a pharmaceutical-grade, 100% bioavailable, residue free grape seed and pine bark extract that is manufactured and supplied by Berkem Laboratories in France and developed in cooperation with Dr. Jack Masquelier at the University of Bordeaux. Protected under US Patent 4,698,360.
Contains no artificial preservatives, sugar, starch, caffeine, salt, wheat, gluten, yeast, corn, milk, egg, shellfish, soya derivatives, artificial sweetening, flavoring or coloring agents. Contains no ingredients from animal sources. Not Tested on Animals.
Basically free radicals or "oxidants" are a form of oxygen that is damaging to our bodies. They attack all cells and are involved in the aging of all tissues. They work against our immune systems and play a major role in the development of all chronic degenerative diseases and various other health ailments like atherosclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, macular degeneration, etc.
Modern society produces a lot of contributors to free radical formation. These include pesticides, environmental pollution, and second-hand cigarette smoke, among others. Free radicals also rise with overexposure to ultraviolet rays produced by the sun. Stress can raise the level of free radicals, as can chronic illnesses such as the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Also, as we get older, our defense systems become less aggressive and free radicals have more opportunity to cause harm.
Unless you have been living in seclusion on some deserted island somewhere, you are probably aware that antioxidant nutrients, such as vitamins C, E, selenium, and a variety of carotene-like substances, can help counter free radical production in the body. Scientists call this "free radical scavenging."
Many herbal medicines also offer antioxidant support for free radical scavenging. The herbal constituents that shine in this area are the bioflavonoids. Occurring in a wide variety of edible plants, bioflavonoids are one of nature's most potent antioxidants. Super-antioxidants, also known as proanthocyanidins or OPCs, fit into this category. These are often 20 times more potent than Vitamin C, 50 times more potent than Vitamin E, and are produced from the extracts of such things as pine bark, grape seeds, and rare herbs.
Now for a little history:
In 1554, the French explorer, Jacques Cartier, led an expedition up the St. Lawrence River. They were trapped by winter and had to live on rations with no fruits or vegetables. Several developed scurvy and died. Then a native Indian taught them to prepare tea from pine bark and needles, and as they drank it, they recovered and survived the winter.
In 1757, a doctor began giving British sailors lemon juice to prevent scurvy. In 1928, the Hungarian scientist, Szent Gyorgyi, isolated vitamin C from citrus and other sources. It helped prevent scurvy, but results were not consistent. He later isolated bioflavonoids which he called vitamin P. He blended the two together and called the mixture "citrin". It was more reliable, but results were still inconsistent.
Then in 1947, Professor Dr. Jack Masquelier, working at the University of Bordeaux in France, isolated proanthocyanidins from the skins of peanuts. Their chemical name: Oligomeric ProanthoCyanidins (OPCs). "Oligo" is from the Greek, meaning "a few" and "Pro" means "before" or "produces", and "anthoCyanins" are the red compounds that OPCs turn into when fruit ripens. OPCs are found in most plants and in red wines, flowers, leaves, fruits, berries, nuts, sorghum, beans and hops with high concentrations in skins, barks, and seeds. The most efficient sources are from grape seed and French maritime pine bark.
OPCs are probably the most versatile nutrients ever discovered. They are highly bioavailable and active in the body as tremendous free radical scavenging antioxidants. They help protect against all degenerative conditions, such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, stroke, allergies and aging by neutralizing or changing free radicals into harmless substances. OPCs are known to cross the blood / brain barrier and improve oxygenation of brain tissue, which may be helpful in preventing attention deficit disorders. One of the greatest values of OPCs is their ability to preserve and protect collagen and its production and help maintain healthy capillaries. Collagen is an important structural constituent of our blood vessels, skin, and connective tissues including ligaments, tendons and others.
Can we obtain OPCs from our diet? A healthy diet rich in whole raw fruits and vegetables contains proanthocyanidins. Unfortunately, most people discard the parts of foods (stems, seeds, skins, etc.) that contain the most of them. Also, most herbs contain representative amounts of them. Red wine is actually the richest food source of OPCs. In fact, one of the reasons, Dr. Masquelier started researching was that the French who eat food notoriously high in fat, generally have a relatively low incidence of cardiovascular disease. Guess what? - the French drink a lot of red wine.
Okay, why all this information now?
As potent super-antioxidants, the OPCs in the Life Plus product called PROANTHENOLS are the most valuable anti-aging nutrients found. As previously stated, they are many times more powerful than the well known vitamins C and E. In fact, if the PROANTHENOLS OPCs are taken along with the traditional antioxidants, they can greatly enhance the effectiveness of these vitamins.
Another reason is that the Life Plus PROANTHENOLS is the best product of its kind on the market today. They are manufactured with Dr. Masquelier's patented REAL OPC formulation which is 100% bioavailable and 100% residue free. There are so many health benefits from using PROANTHENOLS that we feel they should be a part of everyone's nutritional / dietary program.
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