Primary Benefits of Opuvita Superfruit Fusion:
- A natural, preservative-free fruit juice that refreshes your body
- Source of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and healthy phytonutrients
- Provides antioxidants and phytonutrients that promote good health
- Natural source of omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9
What Makes Opuvita Superfruit Fusion Unique?
This natural, preservative-free fruit fusion invigorates your body. Each sip supports numerous areas of health to promote overall wellness from head to toe.
Opuvita Superfruit Fusion is a crisp, refreshing fusion of Sea Buckthorn and Prickly Pear — each of which has been studied individually for its tremendous health benefits, and which have been brought together to deliver a complete combination of benefits for supporting total health and wellness.
Sea Buckthorn has been specifically studied for its contribution to the maintenance of healthy cholesterol levels. In addition, its wealth of nutrients contributes to digestive health.
Rich in nutrients and phytochemicals, this superfruit union has been blended with other natural ingredients into one great-tasting medley of flavours that can be taken every day to promote whole-body health and wellness. Opuvita Superfruit Fusion is an ideal choice for daily replenishment, refreshment and rejuvenation.
Key Ingredients Found in Opuvita Superfruit Fusion:
Sea Buckthorn Fruit (Hippophae rhamnoides)
Sea buckthorn is a medium-sized, thorny shrub indigenous to Asian and European countries. For over a thousand years, its leaves, flowers, seeds and fruits have been used to support health medicinally for the treatment of fevers and colds, circulatory conditions, inflammation, heart conditions, digestion and bowel disorders, blood purification, skin conditions, burns, and much more. Sea buckthorn fruit (berries) are a rich source of nutrients and phytochemicals. They contain high amounts of vitamin C, as well as other vitamins, such as A, thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), pyridoxine (B6), and E (tocopherols). They also contain healthy carotenoids and flavonoids, including beta-carotene, gamma-carotene, lycopene, zeaxanthin and quercetin. Additionally, the berries are rich in oleic acid (omega 9), palmitoleic acid (omega 7), palmitic and linoleic acid (omega 6) and linolenic acid (omega 3). Omega 7 is found in only one other plant source: the macadamia nut.
Prickly Pear Fruit (Opuntia ficus-indica)
The Opuntia ficus-indica cactus, also known as prickly pear or nopal, is believed to have originated in Mexico though it is now found in many arid and semi-arid regions. Though the leaves, flowers and stems are often used as either a dietary supplement or food source, it is the fruit that is most valued. This fruit, sometimes referred to as ‘tuna’, is often eaten as is, made into jams and jellies, or used for the production of alcoholic beverages. Traditionally, prickly pear has been used to promote overall health.
Prickly pear is a good source of vitamin C and E (flavonols), such as quercetin, amino acids, potassium and more. They are high in the betalain pigments indicaxanthin and betanin, which give the fruit its yellow, red or white coloring. These pigments have been shown to have considerable antioxidant capabilities and are believed to play an important role in prickly pear's free radical scavenging abilities.
Scientific Support for Opuvita Superfruit Fusion:
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Frequently Asked Questions about Opuvita Superfruit Fusion:
What does Opuvita Superfruit Fusion taste like?
Opuvita has its own unique flavour, with a robust natural sweetness accented by a bright, slightly tart quality.
Who should use Opuvita Superfruit Fusion?
Adults interested in promoting overall health and wellness.
Can I use Opuvita Superfruit Fusion to mix with my Isotonix® supplements?
No. Isotonix products are designed to reach the proper isotonic pressure only when mixed with a specific amount of pure water; no other liquid meets the proper specifications.
Does Opuvita Superfruit Fusion need to be refrigerated?
Yes. Opuvita contains no natural or artificial preservatives, making it extremely important to store properly. It will stay the freshest if refrigerated immediately after opening.
Which other products are best combined with Opuvita Superfruit Fusion?
This product can be used in combination with any other supplement, so it is a matter of your nutritional goals. Those looking to support cardiovascular health may wish to combine Opuvita with Heart Health™ Essential Omega III Fish Oil with Vitamin E, while those looking to promote weight loss might use Opuvita along with TLS® CORE. Opuvita offers so many diverse benefits that it fits into virtually any nutritional program.
Can children use Opuvita Superfruit Fusion?
No. Opuvita is designed specifically for the health and nutritional needs of adults. Ask your healthcare provider about any objections they may have for sharing Opuvita with your children.