The Great Grape (Part 2)

Last edition we looked at a compound called OPC (oligomeric proanthocyanidins) found naturally in red wine. OPC is arguably the most potent broad spectrum antioxidant in nature and neutralises a wide range of free radicals. As mentioned last edition, free radical damage to cells and unwanted inflammation cause or sustain many disease processes.

This powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory function is why I would never formulate an antioxidant without including high grade, naturally extracted OPC. I use it in five of my antioxidant supplements.  The one I use is a NZ made extract from Sauvignon Blanc grapes. The OPC levels of red and white grapes are similar. OPC levels in red wine are higher than white wine because the skins and seeds are left in the juice for extended period allowing the water soluble OPC to accumulate in the juice.

OPC is a powerful cardiovascular protector. Our blood vessel walls are mostly made of the proteins elastin for elasticity and collagen for strength. OPC has an attraction to collagen and with vitamin C and bioflavonoids which help to maintain strong and supple blood vessels.

Free radical damage can tighten collagen strands making it harder and more vulnerable to damage thus weakening blood vessels and impeding blood flow. This can cause circulation and blood pressure issues. This is also why people taking OPC supplements have reported improvements in skin tone; I call it the ‘OPC glow’ and is vastly superior to collagen supplements.

If you have signs of blood vessel problems then incorporating appropriate amounts of OPC can be most beneficial. My preference is for about 300mg of OPC as part of a comprehensive multi-antioxidant, multi-mineral and multi-vitamin.  My Cell-X has these levels in 2 capsules.

John Arts (B.Soc.Sci, Dip Tch, Adv.Dip.Nut.Med.) is a nutritional medicine practitioner and founder of Abundant Health. If you have questions or need help you can contact John 0800 423559.  You can email John at

Please note that the health advice given through this column is for general educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any health problem. © John Arts 2021

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