- OPCs from grape seeds have antioxidant activity that rivals, or even surpasses, vitamin C and E. Plus, grape-seed extract can support cell signaling associated with your body’s natural ability to generate antioxidants for even greater defense.*
- Vitamin C has long been considered the “master antioxidant.” It actively neutralizes free radicals and helps regenerate other antioxidants, such as vitamin E.*
So, what’s the big deal about antioxidants, anyway?
Your body is naturally equipped to respond to the formation of free radicals generated through the activity of living. Everything from breathing to metabolizing your food can generate free radicals in your body.
Free radicals are highly reactive molecules that have an unpaired electron (an odd number of electrons). Nature really likes balance. So, that molecule will steal an electron from another molecule to regain stability. Generally, this process is a good thing. This activity prompts your body to initiate health-protecting responses. You need a certain amount of free radicals in your body to stay healthy.
But in today’s world, you’re bombarded with things that generate even more free radicals including:
- Unhealthy foods
- Sedentary lifestyle
- UV exposure
- Sleep deprivation
When there are more free radicals in your body than it can handle naturally, it can cause an imbalance in oxidative stress. And if that stress sticks around too long, it leads to oxidative damage.*
Over time, oxidative stress can begin a cascade of irreparable oxidative damage to your cells, DNA, proteins, and lipids. This damage can impact proper structure and function of almost every part of your body. Everything from respiratory function to brain and cardiovascular function can be impacted by chronic oxidative stress. It’s also thought to be a significant contributor to premature aging.*
Maintaining a balance between free radicals and antioxidants is necessary for proper physiological function to support good health. Antioxidants can give you a first line of defense in protecting cells against damaging oxidative stress.*