- Helps maintain healthy immune function
- Combats free radicals; potent free radical scavenger
- Demonstrates anti-inflammatory activity
- For the symptomatic relief of allergies*
- For temporary relief of the arthritic pain and [joint] inflammation of arthritis and rheumatism*
- Helps promote cardiovascular health
- Helps maintain joint flexibility
- Promotes sinus comfort
- May assist in the maintenance of healthy blood sugar/glucose levels in healthy individuals
- Maintenance of healthy eyes
- May assist in the maintenance of healthy cholesterol levels in healthy individuals
- Contains antioxidants that protect the cells and tissues from damages by free radicals
- Helps maintain healthy vessels and joints
- Helps maintain healthy circulation by strengthening capillaries, arteries and veins
- Helps support visual health/visual acuity
- Promotes healthy blood vessel dilation
- Promotes healthy nitric oxide levels
- Supports a healthy complexion
- Supports healthy platelet activity
- Supports healthy sperm quality
- This vegetarian product contains no added wheat, soy, yeast, gluten, artificial flavour, salt, preservatives or milk
- Offered with the fastest and most efficient delivery system of all nutraceuticals
*If symptoms persist, consult your health care professional.
Isotonix OPC-3® is an isotonic-capable dietary supplement that functions as a potent free-radical scavenger. Employing water-soluble extracts from the most powerful OPCs — bilberry, grape seed, red wine, pine bark extracts, and citrus extract bioflavonoids — Isotonix OPC-3 delivers a powerful antioxidant punch in an effective isotonic solution that is easily absorbed by the body. In addition to it being a potent free radical scavenger, Isotonix OPC-3 has a multitude of health benefits ranging from maintaining immunity, demonstrating anti-inflammatory activity, sinus comfort, and the symptomatic relief of allergies to promoting promote cardiovascular health, maintaining joint flexibility and temporary relieving arthritic conditions.
Isotonix OPC-3 contains the only isotonic form of Pycnogenol® in the world. Pycnogenol is a natural plant extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree and the most clinically researched and potent bioflavonoid. Grape seed and red wine extracts are also superior sources of OPC. Isotonix OPC-3 contains the most bioavailable and potent forms of OPCs. Bilberry, grape seed and pine bark contain bioflavonoids known as anthocyanosides and proanthocyanidins. These antioxidant compounds are known to be 20 times more powerful than vitamin C and 50 times more powerful than vitamin E in quenching free radicals.
Oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) are bioflavonoids (complex organic plant compounds) found in fruits, vegetables and certain tree barks that provide exceptional nutritional benefits to the human body. Studies have shown OPCs to be up to 20 times more powerful than vitamin C and 50 times more powerful than vitamin E in neutralising free radicals. There may be other OPC products on the market but only Isotonix OPC-3 uses the highest quality ingredients with clinical studies to create the most effective and potent product on the market.
Isotonix OPC-3 also contains an unmatched delivery system in isotonic form delivering maximum results. Isotonic, which means “same pressure,” bears the same chemical resemblance of the body’s blood, plasma and tears. All fluids in the body have a certain concentration, referred to as osmotic pressure. The body’s common osmotic pressure, which is isotonic, allows a consistent maintenance of body tissues. In order for a substance to be absorbed and used in the body’s metabolism, it must be transported in an isotonic state. The isotonic state of the suspension allows nutrients to pass directly into the small intestine and be rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream.
The secret of the isotonic process is probably now becoming clear! Isotonix dietary supplements are delivered in an isotonic solution. This means that the body has less work to do to in obtaining maximum absorption. With Isotonix products, little nutritive value is lost, making the absorption of nutrients highly efficient while delivering maximum results. An isotonic fluid is nature’s own nutrient delivery system. Isotonix products are also completely free of binders and fillers common in traditional tablet and capsule products so you know that you are getting only quality ingredients you expect.
Isotonix OPC-3 delivers quality and results every time. Isotonix OPC-3 has a pleasant, natural flavour and mixes instantly when added to water. It should be taken on an empty stomach for the fastest, most effective delivery of the active ingredients and maximum nutritional benefit.
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A unique combination of five bioflavonoids, one of which is the most clinically researched pine bark extract, Pycnogenol®, Isotonix OPC-3 has been clinically studied proving its bioavailability and effectiveness. Many similar products claim Pycnogenol® as an ingredient, but Isotonix OPC-3 has the only isotonic form of Pycnogenol® in the world, adding to its antioxidant capabilities and free radical defense. Grape seed, pine bark and bilberry extract all act as powerful antioxidants. Studies have shown OPCs to be up to 20 times more powerful than vitamin C and 50 times more powerful than vitamin E in neutralising free radicals. Only Isotonix offers supplements in an isotonic delivery system, providing maximum nutrient absorption to help you feel your best. Isotonix OPC-3 contains antioxidants that protect the cells and tissues from damages by free radicals, helps maintain healthy immune function, helps with the symptomatic relief of allergies and with the temporary relief of the pain and inflammation of arthritis and rheumatism.
†Pycnogenol is the registered trademark of Horphag Research (UK) Ltd.. Pycnogenol is particularly renowned for its extensive clinical research with more than 120 studies published in peer-reviewed medical journals. Pycnogenol has been awarded various patents for its ability to support healthy platelet activity.
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OPC-3 helped me with my bad knee's which was caused by years of being an athlete. My wife was also able to see results with her circulation issues. She no longer has numb fingers and toes. I highly recommend this product!
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Since adding OPC-3 to my daily regimen for the past 5 years, I am able to go outside in rainy and cold weather without having to worry about my ankles giving out on me. Also, being an Educator and being around Scholars who tend to be sick often, OPC-3 has helped rebuild my immune system so that I can withstand the Sick Season around the School Environment :)
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If I could afford to buy only one health product, it would be OPC-3. It has a favorable effect on nearly every part of my body. Since starting to use OPC-3 from Market America, I no longer have discomfort from gout, hay fever, lower back pain, or arthritic knees. All of those things troubled me while in my fifties, but are no longer a factor now that I am in my severties. OPC-3 also promotes brain health, which is a big concern to us seasoned citizens. My 92 year old brother also takes OPC-3 every say and swears by its effectiveness.
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I drink one cap of OPC3 with 2oz of water every morning on a empty stomach. Maximum obsorption into blood stream in five minutes.
Grape Seed Extract (Vitis Vinifera) 375 mg dry seed extract / 25 mg active
Grape seed extract is typically extracted from the seeds of red grapes (instead of white), which have a high content of compounds known as oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs). Grape seed extract is extremely rich in polyphenols, a compound high in antioxidants.
Red Wine Extract (Vitis Vinifera) 12.5 g fresh fruit extract / 25 mg active
Red wine extract is a powerful antioxidant. This extract is found in grape vines, roots, seeds and stalks, with the highest concentration in the skins. The antioxidant properties of red wine extract contribute to maintaining healthy circulation by strengthening capillaries, arteries and veins, and maintenance of general well being.
In the late 1990s, scientists took note of a phenomenon among the French. There were very low rates of cardiovascular problems in the provinces where residents consistently ate high fat foods and drank red wine. Scientists concluded that the protective properties of red wine have helped the French maintain cardiovascular health for years and subsequent scientific studies have further shown that the OPCs found in red wine are particularly beneficial for protecting blood vessels.
Pine Bark Extract (Pycnogenol®) 15.0 g dry ingredient stem bark / 25 mg active
Pycnogenol is a natural plant extract from the bark of the maritime pine tree (Pinus pinaster), which grows exclusively along the coast of southwest France in Les Landes de Gascogne. This unspoiled and natural forest environment is the unique source of pine bark. Pycnogenol is one of the most researched ingredients in the natural product marketplace. Published findings have demonstrated Pycnogenol’s wide array of beneficial effects on the body. Pine bark extract is an all natural combination of procyanidins, bioflavonoids and organic acids.
Pycnogenol is the most clinically researched and potent bioflavonoid. More than 200 scientific studies and clinical trials have confirmed Pycnogenol’s safety, absence of toxicity, and clinical efficacy over the past 35 years, making it one of the most researched ingredients in the natural product marketplace.
The extract has four basic properties – it’s a powerful antioxidant, acts as a natural anti-inflammatory, selectively binds to collagen and elastin, and promotes the normal production of endothelial nitric oxide, which promotes the normal dilation of dilate blood vessels.
As one of the most potent natural scavenger of free radicals, Pycnogenol combats many aggressive free radicals before they cause oxidative stress to vital organs. Its super-antioxidant capabilities help boost the immune system, strengthen blood vessel walls and capillaries, and supports optimal circulation.
Bilberry Extract (Vaccinium myrtillus) 2.4 g dry fruit equivalent / 25 mg active
Bilberry extract is derived from the leaves and berry-like fruit of a common European shrub closely related to the blueberry. Extracts of the ripe berry are known to contain flavonoid pigments known as anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants. Scientific studies confirm a positive effect on vision and venous circulation. Bilberry extract helps maintain healthy circulation by strengthening capillaries, arteries and veins.
Citrus Extract (Bioflavonoids) 25 mg dry ingredient and active
Bioflavonoids are found in certain plants where they act as light filters protecting the delicate DNA chains and other important macromolecules by absorbing ultraviolet radiation. They have been found to promote cardiovascular health, help maintain healthy circulation by strengthening capillaries, arteries and veins, and demonstrate anti-inflammatory activity.
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What is OPC-3®?
OPC-3 is a dietary supplement that bears as active ingredients the most powerful bioflavonoids currently known to research scientists. These bioflavonoids are scientifically termed "oligomeric proanthocyanidins," commonly abbreviated OPCs. The purest and best-researched OPCs chosen for OPC-3 are prepared from grape seed, red wine, bilberries, Pycnogenol from pine bark and citrus fruit. This combination of potent OPCs is unique to OPC-3, as is the Isotonix delivery system, which enables rapid and highly efficient absorption of the OPCs. Isotonix OPC-3 has been shown to provide a variety of health benefits including but not limited to antioxidant protection, immune system health, relief of allergies, anti-inflammatory properties, visual health (eyes), healthy blood vessels, and maintaining healthy joints.
Why does the label for Isotonix OPC-3 look different than what I’m used to?
Market Australia Isotonix® OPC-3 is the same great formula sold in the USA, delivering 25 mg per serving of five powerful ingredients, including Pycnogenol® pine bark extract. Due to TGA labelling requirements, you may notice differences in how ingredients are listed in the old label versus new. Rest assured that the quality of the ingredients is still the same.
What are the directions for use?
Fill cavity in the bottom of the clear overcap with a level amount of powder (3.3 g). Add water to the line on the overcap (60 mL) and stir. As a dietary supplement, take once daily or as directed by your healthcare provider. Maximum absorption occurs when taken on an empty stomach. This product is isotonic only if the specified amounts of powder and water are used.
What are free radicals?
Free radicals are small, highly reactive molecules which can be formed in cigarette smoke, processed, fried or microwaved foods, environmental chemical pollution, radiation, and essentially normal metabolism.
What is a bioflavonoid?
Bioflavonoids are complex organic plant compounds. Plants and fruits differ in colours based on the specific bioflavonoids they contain. An increasing number of clinical studies have shown how bioflavonoids support health.
What sets Isotonix OPC-3 apart from other bioflavonoid products?
Isotonix OPC-3 offers scientifically supported OPCs, found to be the most powerful antioxidants for human health. In addition to being powerful antioxidants, these individual OPCs have been shown to provide a myriad of specific health benefits. This science-driven selection of OPCs is unique to OPC-3, as is the Isotonix delivery system, which enables rapid and highly efficient absorption of the OPCs. The potent nutrients, in combination with the highly effective delivery system, makes OPC-3 the most powerful free radical scavenging product available.
Is Isotonix OPC-3 safe?
Absolutely! OPCs are among the most valuable constituents of a healthy human diet. OPCs have been researched and used for over 30 years throughout Europe. OPC-3 contains pure OPCs in combination with carefully balanced quantities of potassium and fructose/glucose, which set up the isotonic delivery system. OPC-3 is free of harmful chemicals, preservatives, alcohol and pesticides. OPC-3 should be taken as directed.
How long does it take for me to benefit from Isotonix OPC-3?
Many effects of OPC-3 start to work after a single serving. Studies with human volunteers have found that the health benefits of OPCs may take a while to occur. This may be the case for concerns resulting from everyday wear and tear, where time simply has taken its toll. Taking Isotonix OPC-3 daily enables the body to sustain a consistent antioxidant defense.
What is the advantage of taking Isotonix OPC-3 regularly?
Taking Isotonix OPC-3 daily enables the body to sustain a consistent antioxidant defense.
Why should everyone take Isotonix OPC-3?
Everyone is subject to free radical damage and oxidative stress. Free radicals develop as byproducts of physiological processes that occur within the body. This damage does not cause noticeable harm at first, yet may add up over the years. This process is largely responsible for the ageing process. Free radicals have been linked directly to premature ageing, poor circulation, poor heart health and poor immune health. OPCs are the most powerful natural free radical neutralisers and you get the best of all OPCs by taking Isotonix OPC-3. Regular use every day is vital for keeping free radicals in check and a long, healthy life. Laboratory studies have shown that OPCs are more powerful antioxidants than vitamin C and vitamin E.
Can you take Isotonix OPC-3 in soda, juice, coffee, etc., rather than water?
It is possible but not recommended. This product should only be taken as directed. In order to keep the product in an isotonic form and to achieve the maximum delivery speed, it needs to be taken on an empty stomach with 2 oz. of water per capful. Mixing the products with anything else besides other Isotonix and water slows down the delivery time and may also affect the percentage of uptake.
I'm healthy and athletic; why should I take Isotonix OPC-3?
Everyone is vulnerable to the ageing process caused by continuous free radical damage. Athletes tend to be exposed to elevated levels of oxidative stress. Free radicals develop as byproducts during metabolism when calories are processed with oxygen. Athletes inhale 10 to 20 times more oxygen during physical activity over rest periods. The increase in activity creates additional free radicals. In fact, these free radicals are known to limit performance, as free radicals appear to take their toll on muscle tissue. Studies on recreational athletes have shown a 20% endurance increase with OPCs, as compared to a control group receiving placebo. Another study has shown that athletes using OPCs suffered significantly less muscle cramping during and after performing. Isotonix OPC-3 helps to maintain healthy blood flow and this supports oxygen supply to muscles.
Can you tell me more about OPC-3 and free radical effects over time?
The damage caused by free radicals adds up with time. A cause for more worry is the fact that your body's own mechanisms to keep free radicals in check decline with increasing age - when you need them the most. Suddenly, we find ourselves confronted with some typical age-related problems. Some cells of our body are more vulnerable to free radicals than others. OPC-3 has the ability to go in and do a knock-out job, cleaning and scavenging the free radicals that feast on cellular energy, and take it away from vital processes.
A typical example is cells of the nervous system. Their membranes are highly vulnerable to free radicals and OPCs have shown to significantly protect nerves. These studies were controlled with groups receiving inactive dummies.
How can OPC-3 help my eyes?
Loss of eyesight is the disability people fear more than all others. Isotonix OPC-3 contains specific OPCs successfully tested for eye health. Pycnogenol has been shown to support healthy capillaries in the eye. Bilberry extract has been shown to inhibit the progression of cataracts and important for promoting eye health. Isotonix OPC-3 helps maintain visual health and supports visual acuity.
What exactly is Pycnogenol?
Pycnogenol is the trademark of Horphag Research (UK) Ltd. for a standardised extract of bark of the French maritime pine tree. Pycnogenol is particularly renowned for its extensive clinical research with more than 120 studies published in peer-reviewed medical journals. The flavonoids in Pycnogenol not only act as powerful antioxidants, they also appear to promote the noral generation of nitric oxide (NO). Nitric oxide promotes the normal relaxation of arteries, supports normal diameter of blood vessels and helps maintain healthy blood pressure and circulation. NO promotes normal platelet activity allowing the blood to maintain a normal, fluid viscosity. Pycnogenol has been awarded various patents for its ability to support healthy platelet activity.
What is the best way to take OPC-3?
Each capful of Isotonix OPC-3 contains 125 milligrams of bioflavonoids, of which 75 milligrams are oligomeric proanthocyanidins in an isotonic-capable base. That means that the OPC-3 active ingredients will be delivered in the highest concentration to the small intestine, where most absorption of nutrients occurs.
To start using Isotonix OPC-3 for its benefit as an antioxidant and free radical scavenger, take two level capfuls for every 150 pounds of body weight for the first seven days. This is referred to as the saturation dosage. Then, switch to a daily dosage of one capful, per 150 lbs. of body weight, as a maintenance dose. For example, if you weigh 190 pounds, you would take three servings of Isotonix OPC-3 per day for seven days, and then switch to two servings per day for long-term health maintenance.
This product should be taken on an empty stomach for the fastest, most effective delivery of the active ingredient.
When we claim our products are isotonic, is there any formal experiment or report to prove the absorption rate and the isotonic state?
Isotonix products make the label claim of being isotonic capable. When prepared as directed, the solution is within a range of tonicity matching the human body. The basis for the isotonic line is physiologic. Isotonic solutions work via normal body physiology to deliver nutrients quickly as compared to solid forms. These physiologic principles have been well described in medical references and in the medical literature. Here are a few sample references:
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- Seigel, JA. "Biphasic Nature of Gastric Emptying" Gut 29: 35-39, 1988.
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I have Type 2 diabetes. Will the Isotonix range increase my sugar level? What products are safe for people with diabetes?
The types of sugars found in Isotonix products were chosen because they do not exhibit a dramatic impact on blood sugar levels when compared to sucrose or table sugar. For example, one serving of Isotonix OPC-3® contains two grams of sugar, and one serving of Isotonix Coenzyme Q10 also contains two grams of sugar, which is equivalent to approximately two grapes. For some individuals, including some diabetics, this amount is not of concern. However, it may be of concern for diabetics, especially if they are on a strict sugar intake. If you are diabetic and concerned about the sugar content, we recommend consulting your physician to determine whether this amount of sugar is appropriate for your use.
If I am taking OPC-3, do I still need to take Isotonix Antioxidant and/or Vitamin C?
Taking a variety of antioxidants is important because each antioxidant targets certain types of damaging free radicals — getting a variety will help cover all of your health bases.
If a person is allergic to grapes, can they still take OPC-3?
We would not recommend that individuals with grape allergies use OPC-3 due to the grape seed and red wine extracts.
What is the recommended period of stopping OPC-3 before someone is to have an operation?
Isotonix OPC-3® should be discontinued at least 72 hours prior to surgery.
What is the history of OPCs?
In 1534, French explorer Jacques Cartier was leading an expedition up the St. Lawrence River. Trapped by bad weather, Cartier and his crew were forced to survive on a ration of salted meat and biscuits. Cartier's crew began to suffer from severe deficiency of vitamin C and showed symptoms of scurvy. Many crew members died before the surviving members encountered a friendly Native American who saved most of their lives. He told them to make a tea from the bark and needles of the pine tree to cure their malady. They complied and, as a result, Cartier and many crewmembers survived.
Some 400 years later, Professor Jacques Masquelier of the University of Bordeaux, France, read a book by Cartier detailing their expedition. He concluded that pine bark not only contained some vitamin C, but obviously was a good source of bioflavonoids, whose effects are similar to those of vitamin C. Further studies and research revealed that the pine bark contained an array of proanthocyanidins complexes. These compounds were also found in a variety of plants, including grape seeds, cranberries, peanut skin, lemon tree bark and citrus rinds. Masquelier termed the active ingredients of the pine bark "pycnogenols", which today are referred to in the scientific community as oligomeric proanthocyanidins, or OPCs.
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