You Down With OPC – Yeah You Know Me

Every time I say “OPC” I feel like I should be singing a rap song of some sort….”You down with OPC, yeah you know me.”  Maybe Naughty By Nature needs another rap writer for their group…or maybe they need to get some Better Health By Heather.

So what exactly are OPC’s?  I’m sure some of you are wondering, especially since quite a few of you are taking them on a regular basis.  OPC stands for oligomeric proanthocyanidins and OPC’s are considered the most powerful of all antioxidant nutrients. Wikipedia describes OPC’s as a class of flavonoids that acts as antioxidants in the human body. OPC’s are found in some foods in very small amounts.  The two main sources of OPC are pine bark extract produced from the bark of the French maritime pine tree and grape seed extract produced from the seeds or pips of the wine grape. Red wine extract is also a powerful source of OPC’s.

OPC’s have always been present in certain foods in small quantities but were not well studied until recently.  According to Richard Passwater, PhD, who began researching OPC’s in 1960, OPC’s have a number of key actions. They can: (1) Boost immunity; (2) Ease hay fever and allergy symptoms; (3) Help keep skin smooth and youthfully flexible; (4) Help protect against complications of diabetes, such as retinopathy; (5) Help relax blood vessels, thereby improving blood circulation and helping to normalize blood pressure; (6) Protect against dangerous free-radical molecules (see my previous entry) which speed up the aging process and may set the stage for diseases including cancer and heart disease; (7) Reduce inflammation and help restore and maintain joint flexibility; (8) Reduce the effects of stress; (9) Reduce the risk of cataracts; and (10) Strengthen blood vessel walls, protect the linings of blood vessels, and reduce edema (swelling).

To read more in-depth about OPC’s you can check out Dr. Richard A. Passwater’s book entitled, “Live Better, Longer: The Science Behind the Amazing Health Benefits of OPC.” You can live better, live longer, and have more energy and more time to get down with your favorite rap songs.

You down with OPC?

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About betterhealthbyheather

My name is Heather Ferber and health and wellness are my passion. As a mother of 3, wife, health coach, entrepreneur, Ironman, and volunteer, I know that optimal health is essential to meeting life's ever growing daily demands. I have a degree in Biology and Chemistry and an MD who lives in the house whom I can consult. I enjoy running, biking, swimming, wining, dining and raising my three little peeps. Along with my love of fitness, I am exploring the world of health, nutrition, and supplementation. I have spent many hours researching the formula for optimal health through diet, supplementation and exercise and I love to share my findings with friends, followers, and clients. Life is good! Get Better Health By Heather.
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One Response to You Down With OPC – Yeah You Know Me

  1. Jennifer says:

    I am for sure down with OPC, not the pine bark kind though. I’ll stick with a Merlot extract and grapeseed oil on salads! Just had a health assessment today for my husband’s health insurance program…I scored “Excellent!” I was super excited the HDL and LDL scored at the top of the healthy charts, BMI, right on, and the she said my health age was 35.6…that’s only 2.8 years younger than I am…what gives?? I was expecting 28.6, sniff sniff. Geez, I do need OPC’s :}

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