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What Does OPC-3 Isotonix Do?

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author image Karen Hellesvig-Gaskell
Karen Hellesvig-Gaskell is a broadcast journalist who began writing professionally in 1980. Her writing focuses on parenting and health, and has appeared in “Spirituality & Health Magazine" and “Essential Wellness.” Hellesvig-Gaskell has worked with autistic children at the Fraser School in Minneapolis and as a child care assistant for toddlers and preschoolers at the International School of Minnesota, Eden Prairie.
What Does OPC-3 Isotonix Do?
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Definition

lsotonix OPC-3 is a dietary supplement distributed by Market America, a product brokerage and Internet marketing company. Isotonix OPC-3 is a crystal-like powder that you mix with water. According to the company's website, the ingredients in OPC-3 include red wine extracts, pine bark, bilberry, citrus and grape seed to provide the amount of antioxidants needed for optimal health.



Market America says the healing capabilities of OPCs were first recognized more than 500 years ago, but it was not until 60 years ago that OPCs were identified as the antioxidant in natural organic compounds that can provide long term health benefits. OPC is an acronym for oligomeric proanthocyanidins, which are bioflavonoid antioxidants.

Free Radicals

Market America says Isotonix OPC-3 is a free radical neutralizer. According to the Mayo Clinic, antioxidants are believed to be helpful because of their ability to neutralize free radicals, which can damage healthy cells and possibly lead to the development of some diseases.



The company says oxidation and free radicals throughout the body can result from more than 60,000 environmental toxins, such as cigarette smoke and car exhaust. It compares the oxidation process in the human body to food spoiling, metal rusting or rubber crumbling.



Market America claims the powerful antioxidants in the OPC formula fight the negative effects of free radicals and encourage healthier bodies.

Circulatory System

The Isotonix OPC-3 formula is promoted as having the ability to enhance the circulatory system and make capillaries stronger. The liquid solution is said to maximize its absorption of its many antioxidants at a faster rate than vitamins in pill form.

Promoted Benefits

Fighting free radicals and beefing up the circulatory system are just two of a long list of the asserted benefits of Isotonix OPC-3. The product is also touted as having the ability to help promote cardiovascular health, keep cholesterol levels and glucose levels in check, reduce menstrual cramps, encourage visual health, healthy skin and sperm quality.



Market America says the OPCs in its formula are used to slow the progression of symptoms and alleviate the pain associated with conditions such as diabetes and multiple sclerosis. Although it does not specifically explain how it helps, the company claims its OPCs have benefited stroke victims and people with Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder (ADHD).

Disclaimer

According to Market America, OPCs have been safely and effectively used in Europe under medical supervision for more than 30 years. Market America says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not assessed the claims it has made in its promotional material about Isotonix OPC-3. The company says OPC-3 is not suggested as a treatment, cure or preventive measure for any health condition or disease.

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