Grape seed extract helps protect cells from free radical damage. Rich in polyphenols, beneficial compounds that have been shown to support normal circulation, grape seed extract can help maintain a healthy circulatory system.
Red wine extract is a potent antioxidant that contains beneficial amounts of resveratrol. Resveratrol can promote normal blood platelet activity and it is believed that it is partially responsible for the cardiovascular health benefits associated with red wine.
Another strong antioxidant, pine bark extract has been shown to support normal circulation, the immune system and the strength of blood vessel walls.
Bilberry extract is beneficial in promoting strong red blood cells and capillaries, specifically around the eyes and in the retina. Bilberry extract supports the capillaries in the body to help maintain optimal peripheral circulation.
Citrus bioflavonoids are natural substances found in fruits and vegetables, nuts, and some tree barks. They counter the effects of free radical damage and also promote respiratory health.
Glucosamine is an aminopolysaccharide (a combination of the amino acid - glutamine and a sugar - glucose). Glucosamine is concentrated in joint cartilage where it is incorporated in longer chains known as glycosaminoglycans and finally into very large structures known as proteoglycans. Glucosamine is naturally produced by the body, and is a key component of cartilage. Glucosamine promotes normal joint function and the normal production of synovial fluid, which lubricates the joints and promotes the normal regeneration of cartilage.
There are numerous European studies showing a clear benefit of glucosamine supplements for promoting joint health. Glucosamine may also support chondrocytes (cartilage cells) in the normal production of healthy new cartilage matrix (both collagen and proteoglycans).
It has been suggested that several antioxidants blended together in moderate amounts may be more effective than high levels of one antioxidant. The blend of antioxidants in PetHealth™ OPC Formula Powder includes grape seed extract, red wine extract, pine bark extract, bilberry extract and citrus bioflavonoids. These antioxidants contain oligomeric proanthocyanidins, or OPCs. Much the same way antioxidants can help optimize a person's health, they can also be beneficial to our dogs and cats. Antioxidants help fight the damage caused by free radicals. They can also help support immune responses and support normal vaccine recognition in dogs and cats. Young animals can benefit tremendously from antioxidants. Antioxidants can help maintain optimum health in your animal's gastrointestinal and cardiovascular systems, liver, kidneys, eyes and immune system. Another important role of pet antioxidants is their ability to support immune-cell function for dogs and cats in their senior years.
OPCs, or oligomeric proanthocyanidins, can help reduce free radical damage, support the strength and normal repair of connective tissue, and can support proper enzyme activity. OPCs can also help maintain normal histamine levels. Not limited to being just strong antioxidants, OPCs are also crucial in their role in supporting the circulatory system.
Antioxidants are naturally occurring nutrients that help maintain optimum health by protecting against free radicals. Antioxidants are found in the body naturally as well as in many plants. Even cells that function normally generate large amounts of oxygen free radicals. Free radicals have an unpaired electron, making many of them reactive and destructive. When free radicals roam freely throughout the body unregulated by antioxidants, they can attack various healthy cell structures, including cell membranes, proteins, RNA and DNA.
Certain factors in everyday life encourage an increase in the formation of free radicals for humans and pets alike. These factors include the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. Each one of these necessities can contain harmful reactants. We need a "neutralizer" in our body to rid our system of these harmful reactants and a strong and effective antioxidant is the best way to fight free radicals.
It is becoming increasingly apparent to veterinarians that antioxidant supplementation could very well provide optimal health support for dogs and cats in a manner similar to that experienced by humans. Both pets and their owners could benefit from a "neutralizer" operating in their systems that fight free radicals. A strong antioxidant is the best way to fight free radicals.
Bioflavonoids are complex organic plant compounds. Plants and fruits differ in colors based on the specific bioflavonoids they contain. An increasing number of clinical studies have shown how bioflavonoids support health. Bioflavonoids and OPCs play a key role in supporting cardiovascular health and maintaining vascular integrity. Bioflavonoids have been shown to support healthy circulation and cell vitality. Normal collagen renewal is promoted, which supports firmness of the skin, joint cartilage and connective tissue.
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 crewmembers 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.
My little Maltese eyes are brighter because of Pet Health, she always had the dark redish circles and after 1 month on Pet Health they cleared up.
Our dogs and cats range in age from 3yrs to 12 yrs and weight from under 10 lbs to over 70 lbs. They all get OPC with their daily meal. I have noticed their coats seem shinier and feel smoother. The older animals seem to be much more playful and are keeping up with the younger ones.
The product is great and my dog (13 yrs old) LOVES it (we call it puppy crack in our home).
My dog, Swing, gets this product daily and I am almost certain she is as healthy as she is because of it!
My dog, Swing, gets this product daily and I am almost certain she is as healthy as she is because of it!
I used it for my 16 year old sheltie and I swear it made her feel better. She has passed, but I am watching my son's dog, a Golden Retriever, she's 13, she used to just sleep alot, so I tried this stuff and she is doing great! Very active again!
This stuff is amazing! We have a Chow mix, about 50 pounds, who had been biting at a "hot spot" for about 2 weeks...she wouldn't let us touch it, and it was just getting worse every day. After about 3 days on OPC-3 for pets, she stopped biting at herself and it started to heal. This appears to work for short term help, but I prefer to keep her on it for life, as it also has stopped her continous biting at her feet. The cat has been on it for 2 weeks now, and our 15 year old cat is seemingly getting younger and more energic every day!
I gave this to our my new neighbors for their Chocolate Lab. They were astounded as to the great results! "Bear" now comes to visit me, runs like a puppy and can manage so much easier. I didn't know he was 11 years old and in failing health, I just wanted to be kind to our newest canine neighbor! Now, Bear gets his daily dose of Pet Health and I have a new customer---
Our 8 year old golden retriever loves to hike with us & swim in the Lehigh river. He is showing signs of aging, less active, tires quicker, but we have been giving him this supplement for over a year & we believe it has really delayed the aging of his joints! Although he gets a bit stiff after a good long hike, he does not show signs of inflammation or pain. I highly recommend it!
This product showed results for all my dogs-4-different breeds,ages and sizes;All dogs had results in the texture of their fur-much softer,shinier and smoother. My older lab was having trouble getting around, up and down, etc and he seems to be moving with more ease now-even tolerated a walk around the block without dragging his leg by the end of it. One of my dogs had skin irritation,redness and was itching alot and this seemed to reduce the irritation and even the redness. She still itches but not as much. I am very pleased with this product and have already recommended and given some of mine for samples to my pet owner friends to try. I highly recommend this product. The only cons I have found is that for dogs of different sizes who eat together, it is hard to dose the right amount.
OPC Pet formula is very easy to use. I just sprinkle it over the cat's food and they love it. My cats Charcoal and Fattster were poisoned by the pet food recall and almost died. They were put on prescription cat food for over a year and they throw up anything other than Science Diet Sensitive Stomach cat food. The Vet said that they will have to be on this cat food for the rest of their lives because of damaged kidneys. But besides that they were sluggish, sleeping all the time and they really could care less about any toys or anything we tried to do with them. I even adopted a kitten, Teenie and they didn't pay him any attention good or bad. It was real sad to see my babies suffer like this. After the food poisoning from the recalled pet food I didn't think they'd ever be the same. We needed something and there was nothing that the Vet could recommend because nothing like this has happened to pet food in the past. Millions of pets were affected by the food recall and a whole bunch died and it makes me mad. I introduced OPC into their diet about 2 weeks ago and what a difference. It's like they have the kitty back in them. All three of them will play together and amuse themselves for long periods of time. So if I can make a real strong review to all you pet owners with my experience I would recommend OPC Pet Health everyday of the week. Thank you Market America and my pets: Charcoal, Fattster, and Teenie thank you too.