GRAPE SEEDS – APPEPITE KILLER’S INGREDIENT
Grapes are one of the most popular fruits in the U.S., but many people neglect to eat what is perhaps their healthiest feature — the seeds. Grape seeds are rich in powerful antioxidants and natural plant compounds called oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes (OPCs).
OPCs are most well-known for their antioxidant activity, which means, at the very least, grape seeds may help to destroy free radicals in your body, which in turn may help you avoid premature aging and certain chronic diseases.
Grape seed extract also contains high levels of compounds (procyanidin dimers) that act as aromatase inhibitors. This is likely another way grape seeds may help prevent and treat cancer, especially hormone-dependent breast cancer.
Grape Seed for Your Heart Health, Skin and Brain
The more research that emerges on grape seeds, the more it becomes evident that they have wide-reaching health benefits. Grape seeds have been shown to improve the flexibility of joints, arteries and body tissues such as your heart, for example.
Grape seed also helps improve blood circulation by strengthening the capillaries, arteries and veins. Additional health benefits include those that follow below.
High Blood Pressure
The antioxidants, including flavonoids, linoleic acid, and phenolic procyanidins, found in grape seed extract help protect your blood vessels from damage, which may help prevent high blood pressure.
Grape seed extract has been shown to improve bone formation and bone strength in animal studies.
Animal studies suggest that grape seed extract may reverse hippocampal dysfunction in the brain by reducing oxidative stress and preserving mitochondrial function. Grape seed extract may even be useful as a preventative or therapeutic agent in Alzheimer’s disease.
According to the results of a recent lab study, grape seed extract may lead to less demineralization and more remineralization of cavities. Since remineralization is an effective treatment that may stop or reverse early tooth decay, grape seed extract may play a positive role in the overall oral health.
Grape seed extract administered along with exercise training shows improved lipid profile, weight loss, blood pressure and other diabetic complications better than intervention administered alone.
Other evidence suggests grape seed extract may also be beneficial for:
- Improving night vision;
- Protecting the collagen and elastin in your skin (for anti-aging effects);
- Treating hemorrhoids.