Grape seeds, Anyone?

The quest of staying and looking young have pushed many women to grab any Image“commercialized” products that have promises of youthful beauty. What’s amazing is that nature has already provided for us food that we might have overlooked that can actually protect our bodies from wear and tear.

Check out what grape seed extracts can actually do for you!

What is in grape seed extract?

What you may not know is that grape seed extract contains a vast array of health-giving ingredients, such as protein, lipids, carbohydrates and polyphenols (which come mainly in the form of flavonoids, also known as bioflavonoids). The term flavonoid is used for a class of plant chemicals known for their activity as highly potent antioxidants, and therefore for their capability in protecting the body against oxidative and free radical damage.It’s not really surprising when you consider the scientific studies: they show that the antioxidant power of polyphenols is 20 times more powerful thanvitamin E, and 50 times greater than vitamin C.

Because of its polyphenol content, purple grape juice provides a far greater antioxidant effect than orange juice.

What else can grape seed extract do?

Some people call these polyphenols “nature’s biological response modifiers” because of their ability to help the body fight viruses, allergens, and carcinogens.

That means that among their many talents, they exhibit anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-cancerous and anti-microbial activity.

Not bad for a “waste product”!

Procyanadin: The secret anti aging vitamin?

One particular type of phenol found in grape seed is called procyanidin. It was initially discovered in 1936 by Professor Jacques Masquelier, who called it Vitamin P, (although the name didn’t really catch on, and has since fallen out of usage).

As well as the disease prevention mentioned above, procyanidins are thought to protect the body from premature ageing. Scientists think they do this by increasing vitamin C levels in the cells and scavenging for toxins so the organs can get rid of them.

A good “side effect”: Younger looking skin

Procyanidins also bond with collagen, the most abundant protein in the body and a key component of skin, gums, bones, teeth, hair and body tissues.

The bonding promotes cell health and skin elasticity, making it seem more youthful, in a process that works almost like a natural face-lift. Procyanidins additionally help protect the body from sun damage, which can also cause premature ageing of the skin.

benefits of grapeseed extracts

Fight Cancer & Heart Disease

Case reports and results from laboratory and animal studies show that grape seed extract may be useful to treat heart diseases such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Limiting lipid oxidation, phenolics in grape seeds may reduce risk of heart disease, such as by inhibiting platelet aggregation and reducing inflammation. While such studies are promising, more research including long-term studies in humans is needed to confirm initial findings.

A polyphenol contained in grape seeds is resveratrol which may interfere with cancer cell growth and proliferation, as well as induce apoptosis, among a variety of potential chemopreventive effects.

Grape seed components may also be active against HIV by inhibiting virus expression and replication.

Grape seed extract may have other possible anti-disease properties. It is used by some to treat–

  • Wound healing
  • diseaseTooth decay
  • Osteoporosis
  • Skin cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Varicose veins
  • Utraviolet damage to skin
  • Improve blood flow and strengthen blood vessels
  • Strengthen and protect the heart
  • Help heal cataracts and macular degeneration, leg cramps

Currently, there are clinical trials underway to assess the effect of grape seed extracts on human breast cancer, blood estrogen levels in postmenopausal women, and coronary artery disease.

Grape seed extract contains Vitamins A, C and E.

Where to find reliable sources of grapeseed extracts? Email teampassion@rocketmail.com

http://multiply.com/healthyglow

Sources:

http://www.antioxidants-health-benefits.com/benefits-of-grape-seed-extract.html

http://www.preventive-health-guide.com/grape-seed-extract.html

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