Effect of OPCs - Circulatory Disorders
Circulatory disorders are one of the main causes for severe second diseases. There are 3 factors that normally lead to circulatory disorders:
· Weak delivery rate of the heart
· Inconvenient blood features (e.g. high viscosity)
· Disturbed vascular function (vascular constriction, vascular permeability, vessel elasticity)
Circulatory disorders are especially common in the industrial nations which concerns the health situation of the well-fed nation. So it's no wonder that the cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death as a consequence of circulatory disorders especially in western healthcare and of course bothers the affected people.
But not only the cardiovascular system is affected by circulatory disorders, but also every organ that is reliant on an optimal blood supply with oxygen, nutrients, co-nutrients and important "helper cells". That's why it's only logical that circulatory disorders lead also to many problems that can often only be treated symptomatically.
Circulatory disorders have a negative effect on:
· Skin, hair, nails
· Cardiovascular System
· Digestive system
· Nervous system and brain power
· Bones and joints
So if circulatory disorders can be prevented or corrected in the body a lot of symptoms can subside subsequently. If one has excluded genetic dispositions for circulatory disorders, especially the modern lifestyle contributes its part to this widespread disease.
· A lack of movement can lead to.
· Bad nutrition can lead to.
· Unhealthy habits can lead to.
It's good to know that OPCs - the oligomer proanthocyanidins that are extracted from grape seeds and pine bark - can be used with great success for circulatory disorders. The reason for that on the one hand is that OPCs do their work when it comes to vessel regeneration and on the other hand influence the viscosity of the blood in a positive way. On top of that, OPCs (as the strongest antioxidant) work as the optimal free radical scavenger (harmful oxygen compounds). These often play a huge role when it comes to circulatory disorders and massively harm healthy tissue.
A huge part of the human vessels consist of collagenous tissue / elastin that can also be attacked by free radicals and other "pests". Just think of the borrelia that are passed on by ticks and that can work their way through the fine walls of the capillaries of our vessels and cause inflammations in the screens of the vessels.
In the decades-long research of professor Masquelier, who invented the OPCs manufacturing process, a lot of studies showed that very special parts of the OPCs repair again the fragments in the collagen and this way the tissue is being renewed.
· When it comes to circulatory disorders, OPCs restore the stability and elasticity of the affected collagenous tissue.
This means that a causal overhaul can happen with the help of OPCs when it comes to circulatory disorders that were created due to the fragility or loss of stability of the vessels. So it's no wonder that France, the homeland of the OPC inventor, accepted this effective natural substance as medicine for circulatory disorders and that it's already being used in hospitals for many years.
When it comes to circulatory disorders, OPCs especially help with:
· the repair of attacked collagen, that the vessels are made of.
· fighting off the vessel enemies (free radicals) as an antioxidant.
· the decrease of the viscosity and improve the blood flow.
· the prevention of thrombosis.
· the active removal of deposits in the vessels.
· the recovery of the stability and at the same time the elasticity of vessels.
· counteracting vessel inflammations.
So whoever wants to "renew" their vessel system and wants to get rid of already existing circulatory disorders, should take OPCs by all means. In this context it's especially important that OPCs work together with vitamin C, which is essential for the collagenous buildup in the body. It is proven that OPCs increase the effect of vitamin C by 1000%, that's 10-fold. This is a sensation and a reason alone to use OPCs for circulatory disorders, since vitamin C has a great effect as an antioxidant.
Take 1 - 2 mg of OPCs per kilogram bodyweight daily in order to prevent circulatory disorders (together with at least ca. 80 mg vitamin C in order to fully make use of the nutrient synergy effect of these both nutrients).
If you already suffer from circulatory disorders, I suggest you to consult your doctor before you start taking a higher dose of 2 - 4 mg OPCs per kilogram bodyweight / day. Since OPCs also improve the viscosity of the blood, a doctor should monitor the intake in case that one has already taken blood thinning medicine. Perhaps the medicine could be reduced, but only a doctor can determine that.
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