Antioxidants are substances that help prevent certain types of cell damage, especially those caused by oxidation. Therefore, it has become a major component for Health & Beauty related products as antioxidants can keep one younger looking and improve skin youthfulness. Click here to learn more.

DONZ OPC Super Antioxidant 60 capsules Natural Therapies DONZ OPC Super Anti-oxidant is a unique blend of grape seed and plant extracts containing proanthocyanidins, phytonutrients and antioxidants which may have powerful body protection and health promoting benefits.The DONZ NATURAL OPC Grape Seed Extract is naturally extracted, so there are NO chemical or solvent residues. DONZ recommend that a grape seed extract contains 95% OPC consisting of monomers and oligomers. OPCs (Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins) are a set of very powerful bioflavonoid complexes that perform as free radical scavengers in the human body. OPC bioflavonoids were first noticed in the laboratory because they have the uncanny ability to strengthen blood vessel walls within hours of taking them! The person responsible for their discovery was a French scientist named Dr. Jacques Masquelier, who first tested bioflavonoid containing peanuts on lab animals and discovered that their blood vessel walls would double in strength only hours after eating them. His discovery was made in 1948. In 1951, this same doctor extracted OPCs from pine bark. In 1970, Dr. Masquelier obtained yet another patent for these bioflavonoids the grape seed extract, a far more potent product. The DONZ OPC recipe has optimised absorption of the Grape Seed Extract by including varied Bioflavanoids, Minerals and other synergising ingredients. OPCs have the ability to scavenge free radicals from the body. Free radicals are simply oxygen atoms that are robbed of an electron through the bodys natural metabolic processes. If you exercise or smoke you are exposed to higher levels of these free radicals than most people. Ironically, people who exercise are exposed to more free radicals than those who dont because they have faster, more vigorous metabolisms. Smokers, and second-hand smokers are bombarded by free radicals because free radicals are also the product of pollutants (inefficient combustion). The oxygen atom, which in a stable state has four pairs of electrons, becomes unstable when it loses an electron. An oxygen atom with seven electrons is referred to as a free radical. Free radicals quickly attach themselves to something in this case body tissues in order to stabilise themselves. What happens is the free radical takes an electron from the membrane of a body tissue and by doing so, produces yet another free radical, which then is obliged by its charge to seek out another electron in your body. What results is a cascade of oxidations literally rusting body tissues. This is such a pernicious and ubiquitous phenomenon in the body, that free radical oxidation has recently been proposed as the sole source of chronic degenerative disease!Enter OPCSOligomeric Proanthocyanidins, in fact anti-oxidants in general, are structured in such a way that they are able to donate electrons freely without altering their valence (their electrons are not paired). What this means is that anti-oxidants can stabilise free radical without themselves becoming dangerous. In fact, anti-oxidants will go about donating electrons until they have no more; one anti-oxidant molecule is able to neutralise many free radicals. To put OPCs in perspective among other anti-oxidants, they are 20 times as potent as Vitamin C, and 50 times as potent as Vitamin E (20 and 50 are nice round numbers, but remember OPCs are a class of bioflavonoids, and these are approximations). NZ made product. S$ 35.79

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What are the benefits of antioxidants?

The body uses antioxidants to prevent itself from the damage caused by oxygen. When certain types of oxygen molecules are allowed to travel freely in the body, they will cause what is known as oxidative damage which is the formation of free radicals. Free radicals are very dangerous to the body’s tissues and have been connected to cancer and premature aging.

Therefore, we need lots of antioxidants not only to look and fell young but also to keep our health in check. Antioxidants are a class of molecules that are capable of inhibiting the oxidation of another molecule. Your body naturally circulates various nutrients in your body due to their antioxidant properties. It also manufactures antioxidant enzymes in order to control free radical chain reactions.

Some antioxidants are produced by your body, but some are not. In addition, your body's natural antioxidant production can decline as you age. So, as you age you might need antioxidant supplements to stay healthy and young.

Some of the benefits of consuming antioxidant rich foods include:

  • Slower aging
  • Healthy glowing skin
  • Reduced cancer risk
  • Detoxification support
  • Longer life span
  • Repair damaged molecules
  • Stimulate gene expression and endogenous antioxidant production

Is there a minimum level of antioxidants requirement on a daily basis?

Scientifically speaking, there is no RDA or Daily Value set for antioxidants. The levels of antioxidants are however evaluated by ORAC Score (oxygen radical absorption capacity) in which the power of a plant to absorb and eliminate free radicals are tested. So, get a hold of more antioxidants in your daily diet as it may be help in the reproduction of cells in your body.

There are also two type of antioxidants:

Enzymatic antioxidants
that benefit you by breaking down and removing free radicals. They can flush out dangerous oxidative products by converting them into hydrogen peroxide, then into water. Enzymatic antioxidants cannot be found in supplements, but instead are produced in your body.
Non-enzymatic antioxidants
that benefit you by interrupting free radical chain reactions. Some examples are carotenoids, vitamin C, vitamin E, plant polyphenols, and glutathione (GSH). Most antioxidants found in supplements and foods are non-enzymatic, and they provide support to enzymatic antioxidants by doing a "first sweep" and disarming the free radicals. This helps prevent your enzymatic antioxidants from being depleted.

The top 5 antioxidant foods

  • Goji Berries – 25,000 ORAC score
  • Dark Chocolate – 21,000 ORAC score
  • Pecans – 17,000 ORAC score
  • Wild Blueberries & Elderberries – 14,000 ORAC score
  • Cranberries – 9,500 ORAC score

So, do look out for these kinds of foods when picking out antioxidant products. Numerous studies have confirmed the benefits of antioxidants and the role they play in maintaining good health and reducing your risk of heart disease, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and cancer. Pair antioxidants with some vitamin supplements for a complete dietary menu when you can’t afford to eat freshly made meals.