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Dr. Karol Recommends: Bioflavia

Dr. Karol M.D Article by: Dr. Karol M.D
Dr. Karol Recommends: Bioflavia

Bioflavia is one of the most amazing, heart disease fighting, antioxidant-rich products that Vitarock carries. It is comprised of organic grape skins which have been dried and then powdered. The grape skins come from dark purple grapes used to make organic wines in the Niagara region.


Fight Free Radicals & Heart Disease


What makes this product special is its extremely high antioxidant content. The grape skins of red and purple grapes are very high in bioflavonoids (hence the product name). These compounds hunt free radicals. Free radicals are molecules which have one instead of the normal two electrons. Having one electron makes them highly unstable. As such, when these molecules come in contact with other molecules, they cause extensive damage.


The most notable example is the inner lining of our arteries. When free radicals flow with our blood they come in contact with the inner lining of small arteries and cause damage. This damage attracts inflammatory cells, which propagate an inflammatory reaction. This inflammatory reaction attracts platelets (small floating disks in blood that are responsible for blood clotting) as well as cholesterol and fat molecules. This is the beginning of the infamous atherosclerotic plaques. The artery is progressively blocked by a growing plaque on its inner wall, which is made up of platelets, cholesterol, fat and inflammatory cells. When the narrowing reaches about 80% of the diameter of the lumen, the organ supplied by such artery starts to die. There simply is not enough blood flow to provide the vital oxygen and nutrients for the organ’s survival.  The consequence: heart attacks, strokes, peripheral vascular disease (i.e., leg pain and ulcers due to insufficient blood supply), kidney damage and eye damage.


The Power of Bioflavonoids


Bioflavonoids do a great job of protecting us from all of these risks. In fact, these are the best compounds found in nature for this job. They are prevalent in all fruits and vegetables but the highest content is found in the grape skins of purple grapes.


The antioxidant capacity of any substance is measure by what is called Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity or ORAC value. The ORAC value of wild blueberries (which have one of the highest ORAC values in nature) is about 13,000 units per 100 grams. Bioflavia has a value of about 110,000 per 100 grams — about 10 times higher than wild blueberries.


Another amazing thing about this product is its versatility. You can add it to smoothies, to cereals, yogurt, or you can sprinkle it on your food. It has a nice texture and taste. You can also add it to your baking: in cookies, pies, breads and the like.


With cardiovascular disease being the number one killer in our society, this product provides incredible properties for protecting ourselves while improving our overall health and well-being.


See you next time.

Dr. Karol