OPC (or Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins) belongs to the family of Antioxidants. Antioxidants are compounds that protect our body's cells and tissues from being damaged by oxygen free-radicals that contribute to aging and illness. Free radicals are created by environmental pollution, food additives, growth hormones, high fat diets, excessive alcohol, smoking and second hand smoke, radiation, growth hormones and nutrient deficiencies. While OPC itself does not specifically cure any disease or condition, what it does do, is cut down on the free radicals in the body. Without the onslaught of free radicals, the body has the ability to heal itself. Given the chance to work like it should, your own natural immune system is capable of amazing healing properties.
Although it is seldom mentioned in the traditional medical community, there are a surprisingly large number of medical doctors who use natural antioxidants like OPC in their own personal care. This phenomenon is documented as far back as 19 years ago. In a 1992 issue of the Medical Tribune it was written that "8 out of 10 Doctors Take an Antioxidant for Long Term Health". If this is the case with a majority of doctors, why is it that they are reluctant to recommend them to their own patients?
Studies from the National Cancer Institute On Aging, John Hopkins University and the American Heart Association have found how antioxidants isolated from fruits and vegetables and natural herbs function within our body's cellular and tissue systems. Fruits, vegetables and other plants have hundreds of protective nutrients that protect our bodies from "free radicals" which enter and destroy our bodies. In many instances, the damage can even be reversed by antioxidants.
These natural antioxidant nutrients found in fruits and vegetables along with herbs are called bioflavanoids. the most commonly known bioflavanoid is of course Vitamin C, but there are literally thousands of other types of them in nature. Some others include, Vitamin A, E, Zinc, Selenium and Beta Carotene. But the most powerful of all is the Bioflavanoid OPC. OPC is found naturally in grape seed extract, red wine, and pine park, and is considered to be by far, the most potent of all antioxidants. It has twenty times the strength of Vitamin C and 50 times the strength of Vitamin E. Actually OPC has been shown to enhance the healing properties of Vitamin C when the two are used together.
It is truly a wonder, why the wondrous healing properties exhibited by bioflavanoids like OPC have been a secret for so long! Maybe it's time now, to share the secret to the thousands, even millions of people suffering worldwide from inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn's and Colitis.