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OPC-T™ Antioxidant contains standardized green tea and grape seed extracts. What does OPC-T™ stand for? OPC or oligomeric proanthocyanidins, are powerful bioflavonoids and potent antioxidants. They are being extensively researched for their many benefits including promoting skin and eye health, supporting immune function and proper inflammatory responses. The T in the OPC-T stands for tea. Green Tea. More specifically, 45 mg of standardized ECGC per capsule. (Epigallocatechin Gallate is an anti-oxidant polyphenol flavonoid isolated from green tea. That’s very important to know when you’re looking at drinkable green tea. The amount of ECGC varies greatly and can be as low as 5 mg per cup. The higher the better.) OPC-T™ is an excellent addition to your nutritional defense team!

Why do we need antioxidants ?
Well to combat the free radicals of course! Free radicals are damaging and highly reactive forms of oxygen. As your body creates energy at the cellular level, oxygen is metabolized, changing its structure. In this process, the oxygen molecule loses one electron, turning it into what we call a free radical. These free radicals are damaging other cells in our bodies, causing a domino effect of destruction. (Here’s a little example: Think of an apple. When you take a bite and let the apple sit, it begins to brown. Those are free radicals causing that browning. To stop that you might put some lemon juice on the apple. The lemon juice would serve as the antioxidant in this example.)

This war pits free radicals against antioxidants — two substances that occur naturally in the body to some degree,  but can be accelerated by outside forces. Some free radical accelerators are chemicals such as drugs, food additives, and preservatives, as well as cigarette smoke (a trillion free radicals per puff!), pollutants,  radiation, emotional stress, illness and rancid (deep fried) fats all contribute to the free radical army. A healthy lifestyle and nutritional support bolster the defending antioxidant army.

Free radicals attack our cells. When they attack blood vessels, it contributes to cardiovascular disease. When they attack DNA in our cells (and, according to some estimates, free radicals “hit” the DNA in each cell about 10,000 times every day) it may lead to devistating cellular diseases. Free radicals also attack us from the outside. When ultraviolet (UV) rays strike our skin, it can result in the creation of free radicals and lead to “aging” of the skin. Antioxidants, the defending army “quench” free radicals by donating an electron to them and stop the domino effect of destruction.

Our bodies create some antioxidants naturally, and we get some from healthy foods, but to really flood our body with powerful antioxidants, taking a supplement will rush aid to the antioxidant army immediately! By keeping free radicals at bay, antioxidants can influence how quickly we age and have a tremendous effect on health and disease.