Bioflavonoids That Scare Off Heart Risk Factors

Filed Under: Heart Health, Food and Nutrition

It absolutely amazes me how nature gives us so many opportunities to nurture our bodies and to keep cardiovascular problems at bay.

You may have heard of polyphenols, flavonoids, flavones, Pycnogenol (pine bark), grapeseed, catechins, tannins, quercetin and flavonol. You’ve also probably heard about the benefits of red wine, green tea, and grape juice. All are in the family of oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs), which are really the cream of the crop.

Discovered about 50 years ago, OPCs are abundant in nature. There are approximately 6,000 flavonoids in the plants around us! These free-radical scavengers are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream where they cross the blood/brain barrier. They show great promise in helping to improve blood circulation and they support blood vessel elasticity, blood stickiness, clotting, plaque buildup, and vein integrity. In addition, they promote healthy blood pressure levels and good eye health.

You can find grapeseed extract and pine bark extract (under the patented brand name Pycnogenol) in your local health food store.  My recommended dosage is 30–60 mg daily.

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