Flavay® is the original, scientifically-defined complex of small-cluster (oligomeric) proanthocyanidin molecules discovered, defined and isolated by Dr. Jack Masquelier; with 60 years of solid scientific research, patents and clinical studies; validated by the French Ministry of Health, proven safe and effective by human studies, and used worldwide since 1950.
The benefits of Flavay® are particularly compelling because they address so many diverse body tissues and conditions. Below is an overview of Flavay's® proven health benefits:
"[A] method for preventing and fighting the harmful biological effects of free radicals in the organism of warm blooded animals and more especially human beings, namely cerebral involution, hypoxia following atherosclerosis, cardiac or cerebral infarction, tumour promotion, inflammation, ischaemia, alterations of the synovial liquid, collagen degradation, among others. The method consists in administering to said animals and especially to human beings an amount, efficient against said effects, of a plant extract with a proanthocyanidins content which has a radical scavenger effect"—U.S. Patent No. 4,698,360 (1987). (1-3)
Flavay® is more than a single nutrient. It is a very specific, standardized and isolated, complex of small-cluster (oligomeric) proanthocyanidin molecules defined and perfected by Dr. Jack Masquelier in France; validated by the French Ministry of Health and documented by a library of research consisting of many patents and hundreds of scientific papers, articles, doctorate theses, lectures and presentations. (2,3)
Flavay® is not a simple bioflavonoid (this is important because many are non-bioavailable or even toxic). Flavay® is a highly specialized, nutritional complex of pairs and triples of a specific molecule called "flavan-3-ol," isolated from natural extracts, that has been extensively tested and examined clinically for biological antioxidant protection, collagen strengthening, tissue rebuilding, and other health producing outcomes. This highly defined, polyphenol complex is proven fully bioavailable, safe and effective by numerous human studies, manufactured in France and used worldwide since 1950. (2,3)
Oligomeric (small-cluster) proanthocyanidins (OPCs) are organic clusters of dimers (2), trimers (3), tetramers (4) and pentamers (5)—and no larger. (Larger clusters are non-nutritive: cannot pass the intestinal tract into the blood and too large to fit between collagen fibrils, and therefore unable to repair decayed collagen.) Dr. Masquelier received several patents for the commercial extraction and isolation of OPCs from pine bark and grape seeds. It is these highly defined complexes in Flavay® that have been subject to intensive biological, toxicological, pharmacological and analytical research; and approved in Europe as over-the-counter medicines. (2-4)
Flavay® has several key actions when consumed:
Contemporary scientific studies in neurology and immunology have demonstrated that the body's own immune system has the ability to damage healthy cells. When the body's immune system mobilizes, our cells produce by-products called oxygen free radicals, like pellets of poison, that go to work to destroy invaders by interfering with their cellular machinery, literally dissolving or breaking down the genetic material of bacteria, toxins, and viruses. (14)
When all is going well, the immune system is capable of identifying foreign invaders such as viruses and bacteria. If functioning properly, our immune components do not turn against our own body's cells. Unfortunately, free radicals can interfere with the biological components of our healthy cells just as they destroy invaders, literally dismantling the body's essential cellular proteins, fatty-cell membranes and DNA. (7,10,14)
The most important natural defenses we have against free radical damage are our body's natural "antioxidants," a broad range of chemical substances that all have one thing in common: they ward off free radical damage to cells. However, in many neurological diseases—including Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, chronic fatigue, and multiple sclerosis—the brain's specialized antioxidant mechanisms fail. The cause of the failure might be genetic, environmental, or even dietary, but the consequences are the same: unchecked free radical activity on the brain. (14)
The excessive production of one free radical in particular, nitric oxide, can be blamed for throwing the brain-immune systems off kilter and causing some of the brain's worst free radical damage. Over the past decade, scientists have shown that the overproduction of nitric oxide through a combination of immune and nervous system activity— often sparked by an infection, exposure to a toxin, or as part of the aging process—plays a key role in the development of neurological diseases. (14)
Antioxidants can neutralize free radical attacks and are especially important as we age. During any challenge to your immune system—because of disease, infections, toxic exposure, stress or aging—you need extra antioxidants to help scavenge the free radicals naturally produced by the immune system's cells during warfare. (7,10,14)
Until recently, scientists believed that each antioxidant worked separately in the body, independently of the others. We now know that isn't true. Current research demonstrates that key antioxidants and their co-factor nutrients work synergistically with one another in the body. Antioxidants work together in the body—not alone. (7,10,14)
Flavay® is superior to other antioxidants because its protective effects are multiplied in the body: while it provides its own, powerful antioxidant protection, it also supports the dynamic interplay between other antioxidants in the body. Flavay's® ability to recycle, or regenerate vitamins C and E after they have quenched free radicals vastly extends their unique antioxidant powers, helping the body to maintain its synergistic antioxidant balance. (2,3,5,7,9,18,22,24,27-31)
Flavay® is rapidly absorbed and very quickly distributed throughout the body. As a free radical fighter, Flavay® comes to the aid of the body more quickly than other antioxidants, reducing the potential for free radical damage and the ravages of aging. Flavay® also possesses more reactive sites for neutralizing free radicals than other known antioxidants. Furthermore, Flavay® permits reactivity with both positively and negatively charged free radical species. What this means is that Flavay® can quench or scavenge (neutralize) a broad variety of free radicals. Highly reactive as an antioxidant in both lipid (fat) and aqueous (water) phases, Flavay® neutralizes oxygen free radicals and is a valuable protector of healthy cells in a variety of internal conditions. This is a unique property among antioxidants, as most work either in lipid or aqueous phases, but not both. Research shows that Flavay® can regulate nitric oxide and quench superoxide and the hydroxyl radical. This is extremely important. Of all the free radicals formed in the body, the hydroxyl radical is the most dangerous because it can directly attack DNA. As a free radical scavenger, Flavay® is like an antioxidant prize fighter that can successfully take on all challengers, big or small, in any kind of weather. (2,3,5,7,9,18,22,24,27-31)
More than 60 years of solid scientific research, patents and clinical studies, rigorous manufacturing controls and comprehensive identity testing to safeguard quality and consistency; produced at the same French manufacturing facilities for pharmaceutical over-the-counter and dietary supplement uses worldwide. Flavay® is the name you can trust for pure, unadulterated and authentic small-cluster OPCs manufactured in France for over 60 years.
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