Grape Seeds – The Tiny Powerhouse Antioxidant

June 17th, 2013 · No Comments · Antioxidant, Herbs for

Grape seeds

Grape seeds have known to help with some types of poor circulation and high cholesterol.

Grapes have been an important medicinal and nutritional food for thousands of years. Egyptians ate them at least 6,000 years ago, Greek philosophers praised their healing powers, and European healers made an ointment from the sap of grapevines to treat skin and eye disease. Today we know that there is healing to be had from even the tiniest part of the grape: its seed. Grape seed increases antioxidant levels in blood and sweeps away free radicals to keep your body healthy and your skin looking younger. From combating aging to reducing your risk of heart disease, the tiny grape seed makes a great impact on our well being.

Grape seeds have high concentrations of vitamin E, flavonoids, linoleic acid, and antioxidant OPCs (oligomeric proanthocyanidin compleK0145_2[1]xes) but you’d need to eat more grapes than appetizing to attain benefits. Standardized grape seed extract, like that found in Kroeger Herb Products’ Grape Seed Complete Concentrate, provides the potent antioxidants without eating bushels of grapes. The antioxidant properties of grape seed are important to our health because it neutralizes and eliminates free radicals from our system. Free radicals are atoms or groups of atoms with an odd (unpaired) number of electrons. Free radicals are formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules and, once formed, these unstable atoms can cause damage to cell membranes and even DNA. Free radicals are the common pathway for cancer, aging, and a variety of diseases and while there is no way to “cure” free radicals from invading your system you can fight back with antioxidants like grape seed.

Some research has shown that standardized grape seed extract may be useful for treating health problems related to free radical damage like skin damage from the sun, some types of cancer, and tissue damage among other conditions like:

  • Chronic Venous Insufficiency: Pain, fatigue, visible veins, and swelling occur with blood pooling in the legs. A number of studies have shown that the OPCs from grape seed can reduce symptoms of this insufficiency. Grape seed may also be beneficial for varicose veins and capillary fragility.
  • High Blood Pressure: Antioxidants protect blood vessels from damage and since damaged blood vessels can lead to higher blood pressure, keeping the vessels healthy means you’re keeping your blood pressure levels healthy.
  • Edema: The swelling caused by illness, sport strain or surgery can be relieved faster with grape seed extract because the OPCs accelerate healing.
  • Mouth Health: The natural compounds found within grape seeds may inhibit oral sugar metabolism and slow the growth of certain bacteria that causes cavities and tooth decay.

Grape seed extract is generally well tolerated by all individuals and is not associated with side effects; excess grape seed in the system is removed through urine. However, because it may contain blood thinning properties, consult your physician before taking grape seed if you are currently taking any blood thinning medications. Children and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not take grape seed supplements.

A final note on free radicals: While some processes brought on by free radicals are inevitable (such as aging), others can be prevented. Free radicals created by environmental pollution, cigarette smoking, or poisons like cleaners and herbicides can be avoided. If you are concerned with the condition of the environment around you due to modern industry, check out this post on natural pollution cleansing. Want to avoid cleaners that are potentially harmful to your body? Take a look at these natural cleaners you can make yourself.

Grape seed is an employee favorite as an anti-ager as well as for allergy relief! Check this link to find out why!

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