What are OPCs?
OPC-3® Chews includes some of the most powerful bioflavonoids – biologically-active members of plant-derived compounds – currently known to research scientists. These bioflavonoids are scientifically termed oligomeric proanthocyanidins, commonly abbreviated OPCs. The purest and best-researched OPCs include grape seed, red wine, grape skin, bilberries, citrus fruit, and pine bark extract, or Pycnogenol®†.* This combination of powerful OPCs is unique to OPC-3. OPC-3 has been shown to provide a variety of health benefits, including but not limited to, combating free radicals, demonstrating anti-inflammatory activity, helping maintain healthy cholesterol levels, helping maintain healthy circulation by strengthening capillaries, arteries and veins, helping maintain joint flexibility, helping promote/support cardiovascular health, helping reduce mild menstrual cramping, helping support visual health/visual acuity, scavenging free radicals, promoting/supporting healthy blood vessel dilation, promoting/supporting healthy nitric oxide levels, supporting a healthy complexion, supporting healthy blood glucose levels, supporting healthy platelet activity and supporting healthy sperm quality.*
What is a free radical?
A free radical is a molecule with an unpaired electron in its outermost shell. These unpaired electrons tend to be highly reactive, resulting in chemical reactions such as oxidation. Because they have one or more unpaired electrons, free radicals are highly unstable. They scavenge the body to grab or donate electrons, impacting cells, proteins and DNA. Free radicals are naturally occurring; however, air pollution, stress, smoking, heavy exercising and aging all contribute to the creation of harmful free radicals. Free radicals can cause oxidative stress in the body. Normally the body is able to protect itself from free radicals, but if antioxidants are unavailable, or if free radical production becomes excessive, oxidation can occur.
What are antioxidants?
Antioxidants are cell protectors, neutralizing free radicals by donating an electron to the outermost shell of unbalanced molecules, rendering them harmless. Antioxidants are nutrients such as vitamins and minerals, and enzymes that are capable of counteracting the effects of the physiological process of oxidation in bodily tissues. Antioxidants work in two ways: chain breaking and prevention. A chain-breaking antioxidant such as vitamins A, C and E.
What is a bioflavonoid?
Bioflavonoids are complex organic plant compounds. Plants and fruits differ in colors based on the specific bioflavonoids they contain. An increasing number of clinical studies have shown how bioflavonoids support health. Bioflavonoids found in OPCs play a key role in cardiovascular health and maintaining vascular integrity. Bioflavonoids have been shown to demonstrate support for healthy circulation and cell vitality. Normal collagen renewal is promoted, which supports firmness of the skin, joint cartilage and connective tissue.
What sets OPC-3 Chews apart from other bioflavonoid products?
OPC-3 Chews offer scientifically supported OPCs, found to be the most powerful antioxidants for human health. In addition to being powerful antioxidants, these individual OPCs have been shown to provide a myriad of specific health benefits. This science-driven selection of OPCs is unique to OPC-3, which make OPC-3 Chews one of the most powerful free radical scavenging product available, in addition to our Isotonix OPC-3®.*
When will I notice the health benefits of taking OPC-3 Chews?
Many effects of OPC-3 start to work after a single serving, while studies with human volunteers have found that the health benefits of OPCs may take a while to occur. Taking OPC-3 daily enables the body to sustain a consistent antioxidant defense.*
Why should everyone take OPC-3?
Everyone is subject to the impact of free radicals and oxidative stress. Free radicals develop as byproducts of physiological processes that occur within the body. The impact may add up over the years. This process is largely responsible for the aging process.* OPCs are the most powerful natural free radical neutralizers, and you get the best of all OPCs by taking OPC-3 Chews. Regular use every day is vital for keeping free radicals in check for a long and healthy life. Laboratory studies have shown that OPCs are more powerful antioxidants than vitamin C and vitamin E.*
Are OPC-3 Chews safe?
Yes. OPCs are among the most valuable constituents of a healthy human diet. OPCs have been researched and used for over 30 years throughout Europe. OPC-3 Chews are free of harmful chemicals, preservatives and alcohol.*
Are there any allergens in OPC-3 Chews?
OPC-3 Chews is a vegetarian product and contains no wheat, yeast, gluten, artificial flavor, starch, salt, preservatives or milk. OPC-3 Chews do contain soy.
What are the natural flavors in OPC-3 Chews?
The natural flavoring used in OPC-3 Chews is a blend of strawberry, cranberry, licorice, vanilla and rosemary.
What is the serving size for OPC-3 Chews?
Consume one (1) chew daily or as directed by your healthcare provider.
How do OPC-3 Chews compare to Isotonix OPC-3?
A single OPC-3 Chew contains 25 grams of Pycnogenol† – the same amount found in a single serving of our Isotonix OPC-3 product. OPC-3 Chews are a delicious and convenient way to also get your OPC-3 – perfect for travel or extra busy days.
† Pycnogenol® is the registered trademark of Horphag Research, Ltd., and is protected by U.S. Patents #5,720,956, #6,372,266 and pending applications and international patents.