Free radicals are very reactive molecules that reproduce a response to the environmental toxins and cellular actions in your body.
This is typically a result of energy production in your mitochondria that happens when you burn your food as fuel.
But what are mitochondria? Well, in short, mitochondria are the vital engines in nearly every one of your cells that produce over 90% of the energy currents in your body. These energy currents are known as ATP (adenosine triphosphate). This is your body’s biochemical way to store and use energy.
In the past, many thought it was wise to indiscriminately suppress those productions of free radicals with antioxidants, but newer research shows that isn’t such a wise strategy.
Hormesis and Polyphenols: Why Are They Important for Your Mitochondria?
There are special types of non-typical antioxidants that produce their effects through a process called hormesis – a term we use to describe health benefits from taking low doses of something that is otherwise toxic, or even lethal at higher doses.
For example, many of the fruits and veggies you eat are loaded with natural compounds called polyphenols. The plant produces these polyphenols to ward off pests and predators.
The polyphenols are toxic to the predators, but since we are much larger, and we take them in far smaller doses, they actually cause our body to develop a protective response that makes us stronger. This brings me to one of my new passions: you can improve mitochondrial dysfunction by taking advantage of these beneficial polyphenols.
And one very special type of polyphenol is called resveratrol, which is extracted from Japanese Knotweed Root.
Resveratrol Works as a Potent Antioxidant
Resveratrol may help promote a normal immune response in your body.*
Plus, resveratrol potentially benefits you by how it...
- Protects your cellular DNA from free radical damage*
- Supports blood pressure levels already within the normal range*
- Helps support your heart health*
Resveratrol reduces oxidative stress damage to your cardiovascular system by neutralizing free radicals.* And it helps support your body's inherent defense system, too.*
This potent antioxidant is somewhat different than other antioxidants. It not only helps you neutralize harmful free radicals, but it can cross the blood-brain barrier to help protect your brain and nervous system as well.*
All This From a Glass of Red Wine?
Many folks believe that a good way to promote health is to drink a glass of red wine on a regular basis.*
There may be some truth here. Red wine does contain resveratrol.
However, there's one catch… You'd need several bottles of wine per day to experience any of the benefits scientists have uncovered with resveratrol.
And drinking large amounts of wine or other alcoholic beverages not only places stress on your liver, but also increases your insulin levels, which can negatively impact on your health.
Further, many experts are now questioning the value of drinking wine for health reasons at all...
Its dangers may easily outweigh any potential benefits resveratrol can provide.
So how can you reap the potential benefits of resveratrol without the alcohol, sugar, and calories of red wine? There's an easy answer and I'll tell you about it in just a minute.
But first, let's discuss some simple ways you can take control of unhealthy free radical levels...
Neutralizing the Free Radical Threat
Every day of your life, you face exposure to dangerous free radicals. No matter how healthy a lifestyle you lead or how nutritious and clean a diet you eat, this is simply a fact of life.
Fortunately, it's not all bad, as your normal bodily functions such as breathing, metabolism, and physical activity generate free radicals. Your immune system also generates free radicals to help neutralize viruses and bacteria.
But some free radicals are the result of environmental factors such as pollution, radiation, pesticides, and cigarette smoking.
As part of normal functioning, your body is capable of keeping free radicals in check and neutralizing them, unless you...
- Eat a diet consisting mostly of processed junk food
- Cut corners on getting enough sleep on a daily basis
- Ignore your need for regular exercise
- Find yourself under a great deal of stress
- Expose yourself to a high number of environmental free radicals
Exposing your body to these types of conditions may overwhelm it with free radicals and cause damage.
Plus, free radical damage accumulates over time. So, the longer your lifestyle and environment expose you to this damage, the greater your consequences, and the greater potential impacts to your overall health.
First of all, address the unhealthy habits listed above.
Then consider going the next step and find ways to fortify your healthy diet with antioxidant-rich food.
Antioxidants provide your body with built-in protection against free radicals and help you neutralize and keep them under control.
Two Different Types of Antioxidants You Need to Fight Pesky Free Radicals
Antioxidants provide your body with built-in protection against free radicals and help you neutralize and keep them under control.
Your body needs both types of antioxidants because each one targets different types of cells and tissues for free radical scavenging...
- Lipid-soluble antioxidants — These are localized to cellular membranes and lipoproteins. They protect cell membranes from lipid peroxidation.* Examples of lipid-soluble antioxidants include... vitamins E, A, beta-carotene and astaxanthin
- Water-soluble antioxidants — These are present in aqueous fluids, such as blood and intracellular and extracellular fluids. They react with oxidants in the cell cytosol (fluid portion of cytoplasm) and the blood plasma. Examples of water-soluble antioxidants include... vitamin C, glutathione, and catechins
The bottom line... to fight and help neutralize pesky free radicals, you need both types of antioxidants from as many sources as possible.* When taken together, the efficacy of lipid- and water-soluble antioxidants is enhanced even more.*
When it comes to a lipid-soluble antioxidant, I believe I've identified a super-nutrient like no other in astaxanthin. You can check out my site for more info on Astaxanthin with ALA and all its phenomenal benefits.*
And I believe resveratrol is one of your best sources for a water-soluble antioxidant. However, as with just about every nutrient, if you can get it from the food you eat, that's my top recommendation.
Why Eating Grapes May Not Be the Best Way to Get Resveratrol
A Bountiful Source of Resveratrol
Purple Defense contains 50 mg of Resveratrol per serving.
With an overall 3,500 ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value per capsule, Purple Defense capsules provide a powerful antioxidant blend.
The ORAC value for Purple Defense is achieved by using the most sophisticated and accurate equipment possible. The machine is a fluorescence microplate reader (Fluoroskan Ascent FL).
ORAC values can easily be inflated with any machine though. Using an ethanol solvent will artificially inflate the ORAC value. That's why each batch is tested using an acetone/water solvent. So you can rest assured that you're actually getting 3,500 in each dose.
Now that I've clearly identified resveratrol as one of your best water-soluble antioxidant sources... what's the best way to make sure you consume enough of this antioxidant?
Just like there are issues with other fruits, vegetables, and red wine, such is the case with grapes.
You see, the skin and seeds of the grapes provide you with the most potent supplies of antioxidants... not the fruit itself.
The meat of the fruit contains sugary fructose that can raise your insulin levels. And of course you can't really ingest the skins without eating the fruit inside, too!
As for grape seeds, most people don't like to eat them as they tend to be tough and have a somewhat bitter taste. And some grape processing actually removes the seeds prior to distribution at your local store.
So, what can you do?
There's a simple solution. It's called Purple Defense.
This Grape Seed Formula Brings You Major Advantages and More*
Even if you could find – and tolerate eating – a healthy supply of grape seeds it would be almost impossible for you to chew the seeds enough to get the equivalent benefit you can from the pulverized seeds in my formula, Purple Defense.
Why? Pulverizing the seeds makes them more digestible.*
Plus, here are additional reasons why Purple Defense should be your No. 1 resveratrol and water-soluble antioxidant source:
- Available all year round — Long after fresh grapes have disappeared from local fruit stands and produce departments, Purple Defense grape seed is available
- Avoid chewing bad-tasting seeds — Remember, it's the pulverized seeds that provide you the greatest antioxidant benefit.* So there's no chewing any bad-tasting and tough seeds
- Higher concentration of polyphenols — Purple Defense grape seed powder delivers you a potentially higher concentration than the fruit itself*
- Smarter than drinking red wine — Although some people drink wine to get the grape-related benefits, there are many downsides I mentioned above. You can avoid these downsides... such as over-consumption... sugar content... and other alcohol-related issues by simply using Purple Defense grape seed.* You receive a full 50 mg of resveratrol in each serving of Purple Defense
So, now you see some of the reasons why I highly recommend Purple Defense as one of your best resveratrol and water-soluble antioxidant sources.
And of course, as I continually stress on my site, no supplement replaces a healthy diet of wholesome, unprocessed foods. But this grape seed powder is an excellent complement to your healthy diet in providing you free radical protection and the longevity support of resveratrol.
This Whole Food Complex Beats a Glass – or Bottle – of Wine for Resveratrol – And Without the Alcohol!
Each capsule of Purple Defense contains the amount of resveratrol that you would find in 39 eight-ounce glasses of wine. The Japanese Knotweed Root Extract contains 50% resveratrol, ensuring you get a consistent amount in each serving.
Even more importantly it is there as a whole food complex. Combined with other fruit complexes, Purple Defense provides a synergistic blend of micronutrients to give you the full benefits of the foods themselves.
You see, I am somewhat skeptical of scientists who isolate single nutrients with the belief that isolated nutrients can provide a full array of benefits. In my mind, the whole food complex is nearly always superior. And with Purple Defense, you receive the benefits of whole foods.
How the Power of Purple Takes Your Antioxidant Benefits to Another Level
Purple Defense is A Robust Whole-Food Product
Purple Defense is rigorously tested for quality, potency, and purity.
Purple Defense grape seed does not require refrigeration. When stored properly, you'll find it will last up to two years.
No known drug interactions (however, those allergic to grapes should not take it).
What makes our Purple Defense resveratrol formula stand out from all the competitors?
First of all, I chose a formula with a proprietary process called OxyPhyte®. This unique process concentrates the antioxidant power of specific compounds and preserves the ORAC value. It does this by extracting the phytonutrients responsible to provide you maximum activity.
The bottom line – the OxyPhyte process used to formulate Purple Defense helps provide you with very high potency water-soluble antioxidants from the grapes. Not all grape seed formulas use this process.
And this formula even goes beyond grapes. Take a look at why this grape seed formula is so unique.
- OxyPhyte grape seed extract – The nutrient potency of the seeds cannot be stressed enough. And with the advanced OxyPhyte process, you'll get help maximizing their potential benefits. This grape seed extract comes with a potent 90% polyphenol formula for amazing antioxidant potential*
- OxyPhyte grape skin extract – Along with the grape seed, combines to deliver a potent formula of 10% resveratrol... the one polyphenol I insisted needed to be in the formula
- Organic black currant – This organic powder provides added healthy nutrients and quercetin, a polyphenol compound with potent antioxidant activity* (mentioned above)
- Organic plum extract – This powerful extract rounds out the formula with a great source of fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and other nutrients that help promote your healthy vision*
- Japanese Knotweed Root Extract – Providing 50 mg of resveratrol per capsule
So, the Purple Defense formula even goes beyond nutritious grapes in providing you additional sources of water-soluble of antioxidants and nutrients.
But how do you know how well these antioxidants work against free radicals?
Comparing Antioxidant Capabilities
Over a 138-year time frame, the U.S. Agricultural Research Service (in-house arm of the USDA), developed a method to determine free radical scavenging activity against the peroxyl radical for both water-soluble and lipid-soluble substances.
This methodology, called Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC), evolved over the years and today is a good indicator for measuring the antioxidant capacity of foods. The higher the ORAC value, the more antioxidant squelching capacity the food or supplement has.
For example, here's a chart showing Purple Defense nutrients and their potent Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) values (on a per gram basis).
Purple Defense OxyPhyte Nutrients ORAC Values Compared to Other Fruits and Vegetables
|OxyPhyte® Grape Seed Extract
|OxyPhyte® Apple Extract
|OxyPhyte® White Tea Extract
|Whole Blueberries (1 cup serving)
|OxyPhyte® Green Tea Extract
|OxyPhyte® Ultra Blend
|OxyPhyte® Grapeskin 10% Resveratrol
|OxyPhyte® Black Currant Extract
|OxyPhyte® Guava Leaf Extract
|OxyPhyte® Yerba Mate Polyphenol Extract
|Fuji Apple (1 medium)
| Spinach (1 cup serving)
|Vitamin C (100% RDI - 60mg)
It should be clear from the above chart as to the antioxidant potency of the grape seed extract in Purple Defense... even more potent than whole blueberries.
With the total combination of grape seed extract, grape skins, black currant extract, and plum extract, Purple Defense is certainly up to the task.
So, when choosing an antioxidant source, make sure to compare its ORAC values to determine just how well it scavenges free radicals.
There should be little doubt in your mind about how well Purple Defense does this!
Don't Wait Until Free Radicals Rule Your Body and Your Health
You've discovered numerous choices when it comes to protecting yourself from free radical damage and promoting longevity of your cells and tissues.
There are many foods that provide you very good sources of polyphenols and potent antioxidants to help you neutralize the damaging effects of free radicals.
So, I encourage you to consume these foods in moderation. And, of course, your preference should always be for fresh, organic, and raw sources.
At the same time, complement your wholesome diet with Purple Defense, your No. 1 source for water-soluble antioxidants and resveratrol. I believe the research is solid and provides a simple strategy to leverage the hormetic benefits of incredibly useful polyphenols.
Don't wait until free radicals rule your body and your health.* Order Purple Defense today.