Dr. Paula Ruel


Of course you would!  But are you willing to do what it takes to make it happen?  It’s all up to you.  If you want more energy and better overall health, the only commitment you need to make is to educate yourself about a unique health aid that is growing in demand.

Isotonix OPC-3™ could be one of the best health supplements on the market today.  Almost everyone who has taken this product has experienced positive results.


Everyone is subject to it.  Free radicals appear to b e linked to premature aging, arthritis, cardiovascular disorders, diabetes, liver cirrhosis, cancer progression and inflammation.  OPCs are among the most powerful, natural free-radical neutralizers discovered.  Everyone should take an OPC supplement for life!

OPC-3™  is the most powerful antioxidant combination of OPCs and related bioflavonoids available today.  People who are familiar with antioxidants realize that OPCs are members of the bioflavonoid family of compounds.  “Bioflavonoids” are polyphenolic compounds that have demonstrated biological activity.  A great deal is known about bioflavonoids and their effects on cells and molecules throughout the body.  A review of Medline, a major on-line biomedical database, over the years 1966 to 2003 indicates that there have been more than 3,640 scientific papers written on the subject of “proanthocyanidins” and “flavonoids,” so it is clear that this is an area of intense research to understand their chemistry and beneficial activities in the body.  Bioflavonoids are extracted from plant sources such as grapes, cranberries, citrus fruits and the bark of pine trees. This new class of bioflavonoids is called Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins, or just OPCs for short.  Market America’s new super-antioxidant product is called OPC-3™  because we use the three most active sources of OPCs available: grape see, red wine and pine bark extracts.  OPC-3™  is an isotonic-capable formulation that is water-soluble, highly bioavailable and safe to use.

1.Grape seeds yield 10% more of the vital active constituents than pine bark.  Most of the important clinical research documenting the health value of this special class of bioflavonoids (OPCs) has been done by researchers using grape seed extract.  Another reason for using grape see extract is that grape seeds are abundant and can be obtained in large quantities from the various wine-producing areas of America and Europe.

2. Pine Bark Extract (the “pycnogenol” brand) mainly because the original inspiration for OPC dietary supplementation was from the bark of the French maritime pine tree. By far, the most potent concentration of OPCs yet extracted has been from pine bark and grape seeds.

3. Red Wine Extract has been included in OPC-3™  because it has properties similar to
grape seed and pine bark extracts.  In addition, red wine extract contains high levels of polyphenols from grape skins that are beneficial in bolstering the body’s antioxidant defenses.

Scientists have learned that antioxidant nutrients known as “polyphenols” are the key factors in red wine extract that have been shown to promote heart health among the French – even with their cholesterol-rich diet of meats, cheeses and creamy sauces.  Nowhere are these polyphenols as concentrated as they are in the red wine that so many French people drink with their meals.

OPC-3™  is a natural food supplement that is a combination of five major sources of water-soluble bioflavonoids.  Three of the sources – grape seed, pine bark and red wine extracts – supply a group of powerful antioxidant bioflavonoids called oligomeric proanthocyanidins.

Bilberry (related to blueberries) and citrus rind extracts provide excellent sources of additional bioflavonoids.  While it is understood that these plant extracts share common molecules as the building blocks for proanthocyanidins such as the monomers catechin, epicatechin and taxifolin, each extract has its own unique spectrum of proanthocyanidins.  Therefore, each plant extract is not composed of a single compound, but represents a large collection of similar, as well as unique, polyphenolic compounds. In other words, it is the combination of several sources of bioflavonoids that make OPC-3™  so very keep effective,

OPCs remain in the body about three days.  They circulate extensively through the body fluids (blood, lymph) and diffuse into cells throughout the body.  The proanthocyanidins seem to have a particularly high affinity for collagen, a major structural protein comprising about 1% of the total body weight.  The proanthocyanidins and other flavonoids are metabolized extensively by enzymes in the liver and excreted, so it becomes necessary to take OPC-3™  every day to keep elevated concentrations in cells and body fluids.


Studies from the National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Aging, Johns Hopkins University, University of California-Berkeley, Cornell University and numerous other institutes in the U.S. and throughout the world have found that fruits, vegetables and other plant components have hundreds of compounds that protect our bodies from free radicals which mainly arise from normal physiological processes.  Physical and chemical environmental pollutants such as industrial solvents, naturally occurring insecticides in foods, preservatives, heavy metals, UV-B irradiation and x-rays can also create free radicals.  The damaging effects of free radicals on our bodies can be blocked through the use of antioxidants.


o Reduce the effects of stress
o Protect collagen
o Supports a healthy cardiovascular circulation
o Help reduce inflammation
o Help maintain a healthy cholesterol level
o Meet nutritional needs during aging
o Help support the immune system

“Very few individuals, if any, reach their potential maximum life span; they die, instead, prematurely of a wide variety of diseases – the vast majority being free radical diseases.”
-Denham Harman, M.D., Ph.D. 1984


Dr. Ruel, because of her dedication to deliver a system for Optimal health to Pets and People provides both of these excellent products on this website.  You only need to click on the banners of either Pet Health or OPC-3™  to purchase.