What are antioxidants?
We learned about free radicals last week and the danger they pose to our aging bodies, but nature has compounds ready to offset the production of free radicals. These compounds are called antioxidants. They contain more electrons than they need, and thus can willingly give away electrons to a free radical, thereby neutralizing it and preventing any malicious side effects caused by free radicals. Please see the image above which illustrates this process.
Where can we find antioxidants?
Antioxidants can be found in our bodies as vitamins and other coenzymes that facilitate metabolic processes. We also obtain antioxidants through the foods we eat. Many fruits and vegetables have plenty of phytonutrients that act as antioxidants. Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins, or OPCs, are a specific and potent class of antioxidants that are found in various plant extracts.
As metabolism and exposure to sources of oxidative stress accumulate, the abundance of free radicals to antioxidants in the body increases. This imbalance can be aided by supplementing your diet with antioxidants. Optihealth Products’ OPCXtra will provide your body with the help it needs to overcome free radicals, and to prevent malicious side reactions in your body. Its unique blend of antioxidants from various OPC sources will cover all the bases, combating inflammation, allergy, infection, and disease!