We mainly rely on good sleep, good food, and enough exercise to stay healthy. Now I’m going to introduce another essential for a healthy lifestyle: antioxidants! This post will explain the importance of antioxidants and how Grand Health's® can support your intake of this important molecule.
Antioxidants are molecules that combat free radicals by preventing and slowing damage that free radicals cause to cells.
Your body naturally produces antioxidants, but you can also get it from foods that are rich in vitamins C and E, and carotenoids such as beta-carotene. Eating lots of antioxidants can help reduce the risk of diseases caused by high levels of free radicals.
Vegetables, fruit, beans, whole grain foods, lean meat, protein, green tea, coffee and dark chocolate are all good sources of antioxidants.
You can also take nutritional supplements to increase the amount of antioxidants in your body. An excellent supplement that I recommend is Grand Health's® ’s OPC Plus, which I will talk more about later!
WATER-SOLUBLE VS. FAT-SOLUBLE ANTIOXIDANTS
Antioxidants are either water or fat-soluble.
Water-soluble antioxidants act in fluid, which is located inside and outside cells.
Fat-soluble antioxidants act in cell membranes.
Vitamin C is a water-soluble antioxidant, while Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant.
Free radicals are highly reactive molecules that are formed in your body. They are formed through our body’s metabolism and through exposure to toxins, such as UV rays and harmful smoke.
Your immune system uses free radicals to fight infections. But if the level of free radicals in your body are too high, they can cause harm, resulting in illnesses such as diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
Without antioxidants, free radicals would cause harm quickly! Your body needs to balance out the two molecules so you don’t experience oxidative stress, which is when there are more free radicals than antioxidants.
Long-term oxidative stress can lead to DNA and molecule damage in your body.
Lifestyle and environmental factors are also known to play a role in causing excess free radical formation and oxidative stress. Factors include air pollution, radiation, tobacco smoke, high blood sugar levels and antioxidant deficiency.
Grandhealth® OPC Plus uses a combination of powerful antioxidants (OPCs) derived from grape seeds, pine bark and red wine.
Oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes (OPCs) are naturally occurring plant metabolites that can be found in vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, flowers and bark. They are remarkable in terms of antioxidant activity.
Each capsule of OPC Plus contains 121 mg of Proanthocyanidins from grape seeds and pine bark extract and 20mg Oligomeric procyanidins from red wine extract in every capsule. This potent blend of antioxidants work together to enhance one another’s capabilities, which is perfect for fighting free radicals!
- Antioxidant support for good health.
- Anti-aging support.
- Anti-inflammatory properties.
- May help to strengthen blood vessels.
- Supports night vision.
This product is also 100% Vegan!
Antioxidants are incredibly important for combating high levels of free radicals. By eating a diet rich in vitamins C and E and beta-carotene, you can help your body prevent oxidative stress. Grandhealth® OPC Plus is a great source of antioxidants and it is a personal favorite of mine!