Although you probably buy seedless grapes to eat, the seeds are actually extremely sought after in the beauty and health world. Why? Grape seed extract contains powerful health benefits. The seeds inside grapes used to be considered the worthless by-product of wine production. In the past, they were thrown out as waste. Come to find out, the seeds are extremely valuable. Instead of getting rid of them, grape seeds are in demand to create the extract. Because, let’s face it, eating fruit seeds is not enjoyable and it’s difficult for the body to digest.
This fruit has been useful to humans even as early as the Neolithic period. Grapes were cultivated for its nutritional and medicinal properties. The Ancient Greeks cultivated the fruit to make wine, which they hailed for its healing qualities. European folk healers extracted the sap from grapevines and used them to treat skin and eye infections. They used the leaves of the vine to treat hemorrhoids, pain, and inflammations. European folk healers also used the unripe grapes to cure soreness of their throats and treated constipation and excessive thirst with dried grapes (raisins) and water.
Proanthocyanidins and catechins are the potent antioxidants in grape seeds that are believed to be 20 times greater than vitamin E and 50 times greater than vitamin C. These polyphenols are believed to aid in improving Vitamin C activity, be effective in reducing the risk of clogged arteries, control blood pressure, reducing edema, boost wound healing and improves the skins elasticity.
The seeds also contains a compound called resveratrol. Resveratrol is praised for its anti-inflammatory properties, which makes Grape Seed Extract a great help in reducing swelling caused by dermatitis, infections, cuts, and excessive exposure to the sun’s rays. Resveratrol also promotes a healthy inflammatory response in your body, including helping to alleviate some of the oxidative stress and inflammation that can lead to premature aging.
According to a study, including grape seed extract in your diet with calcium has a beneficial effect on bone formation and bone strength for the treatment of bone debility. A different study found that grape seeds have properties that can reduce the severity of skin cancer.
In recent Science News, resveratrol a natural compound found in red wine and grapes can help address a hormone imbalance in women with PCOS, a leading cause of infertility in women, according to a new published study.
In addition, grape seed extract is found to contain powerful nutrients that prevent tooth decay. The recent study found that a combination of grape seed extracts and plant-based oligomeric proanthocyanidins prompted damaged collagen to repair itself.
When buying grape seed extract supplements, read the label carefully and make sure it contains 80 percent proanthocyanidins.
This level guarantees the supplement will stimulate body activities that will result in antioxidant behavior. Unfortunately, grape seed oil does not contain the beneficial proanthocyanidins found in grape seed extract.
Take grape seed extract supplement with Vitamin C and Vitamin E to improve its absorption. Also, Vitamin E’s healthy and beauty benefits boost when taken with antioxidants. The recommended daily dose of Grape Seed Extract for adults is 150 to 300mg per day.
It is important to talk to your doctor before taking grape seed extract as it can affect the way that certain medications are broken down in the liver.
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