Health & common sense from the original formulator of OPC Factor
The French Paradox in a box How is it the French can eat so much fat without getting sick?
The fact is the majority of us never really gave a flip about the medicinal values of red wine until the early 1990s when the CBS news show 60 Minutes aired a segment entitled The French Paradox.
This segment reintroduced an age old question: how is it that the typical French diet consists of meats, cheeses, butter and cream that are high in fat and cholesterol, yet no one is having heart attacks over there?
The segment’s conclusion alluded to the regular consumption of red wine as being the Frenchman’s secret weapon against heart disease. After the airing of the French Paradox segment the red wine sales in this country shot up over 40%, nearly overnight.
Now, as a regular taker of OPC Factor, you and I know that the skins of the very grapes used to make red wine are one of the major sources of OPCs. (You did know that, right?)
However, there’s another powerful compound found in certain red wines and you’ve probably heard the recent buzz about it. And guess what? You are already getting your daily dose of this compound in every serving of OPC Factor.
It’s called resveratrol. Resveratrol is categorized as a polyphenol that acts as a phytoalexin. In other words, it is a naturally-occuring compound that various plants produce to defend against extreme temperature, bacteria and fungus as well as damage caused by insects. Ultimately it serves as a super defense system for plants, much like our own immune system.
Since red wine is a major component of the French diet and because resveratrol is found in so many of those red wine varietals, many researchers believe it to be the smoking gun behind the French Paradox mystery. In fact, studies have shown that resveratrol does reduce ldl (or ‘bad’) cholesterol levels and prevent blood clots and damage to the blood vessels.
Like its flavonoid cousin, the OPC, resveratrol, a non-flavonoid, also acts as a super antioxidant with powerful anti-aging properties that reverse the damage caused from free radicals to our bodies’ cells.
We began adding resveratrol to OPC Factor in 2007 to bring even greater results to the already-powerful formula of OPC Factor.
Because OPC Factor contains both OPCs and resveratrol (not to mention a boatload of essential vitamins, nutrients and minerals you won’t be getting from your diets), I kind of consider it to be like the French Paradox in a box‚ sans the cream and butter.
C’est la vie!
Can you tell me how you take your OPC Factor?
Well there’s no big secret here. Basically, I follow the directions‚ I helped write them, after all.
I begin by emptying one packet into a glass with 4 to 5 ounces of chilled water that I get from the refrigerator. I stir it and wait about 20 seconds or so in order to get the effervescent going and then I drink it! It probably takes me 3 to 4 minutes to finish it. I do this when I awake in the morning and again just before I go to bed.
Now you don’t have to follow my lead on this. I know some people who add a little crushed ice to make it more exciting (they say it tastes better this way). Some people like to drink it in a matter of seconds—much faster than I prefer. All these methods are absolutely fine.
The three main things you want to remember are:
- Take it on an empty stomach so that the ingredients don’t mix with food during the digestive process
- Don’t mix the product with anything other than water
- Don’t wait too long after mixing before you drink it‚ you need the product to effervesce (fizz) in order to deliver the best results