Grape Seed Extract
More than 200 medical studies are listed in the National Medical Library under grape seed extract and it’s active component ogligomeric proanthocyanidins (now you see why they are generally referred to as OPC’s!).
Over the last 26 years it has been shown that OPCs are among the most powerful antioxidants known. They are 50 times more powerful than vitamin E, and 20 times more powerful than vitamin C at preventing free radical formation or free radical scavenging. When taken together with vitamin C, OPCs enhance its effectiveness. As an effective antioxidant, OPCs help our body resist blood vessel and skin damage, mental deterioration, inflammation and other damages caused by harmful free radicals. However, their function is more than protection. They help repair by improving and stabilizing the skin protein collagen and improving the condition of arteries and capillaries.
Health Benefits of Grape Seed Extract
Cardiovascular Benefits Numerous studies show grape seed extract has multiple methods of protecting against and aiding recovery from heart disease.
Oxidation of LDL is implicated in the development of atherosclerotic plaques. Grape seed extract has been shown to inhibit oxidation of LDL, thus slowing hardening of the arteries.
Anti-allergic / Anti-inflammatory Activity
OPCs inhibit mast cell degradation, which mediates inflammatory and allergic reactions, edema, and other conditions.
OPCs have a particular affinity for the arterial walls and thus offer vascular protection. In Europe, grape seed extracts have been prescribed to prevent capillary fragility, to heal varicose veins and hemorrhoids and prevent edema.
OPCs are effective in preventing the formation of ulcers in animals. Flavonoids have been reported to provide significant protection against NSAIDs.
Other Health Benefits
Improvement in skin smoothness and elasticity. OPC inhibits collagenase and elastinase so to preserve collagen and elastin proteins which is responsible for the well-being of our connective tissues (skin and joints). It also reduces capillary fragility and improves resistance to bruising and strokes. Several studies indicate it aids in prevention of heart disease. A study done at University of Colorado indicates it may be effective in treating prostate cancer.
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