Grape seed extract consists of a complex mixture of flavonoids, vitamin E, zinc, copper, selenium, linoleic acid and phenolic procyanidins. The active agents of the extract are, for the most part, polyphenols or OPC (oligomeric procyanidins). Proanthocyanins and catechins are potent antioxidants with 20 times more powerful vitamin E and 50 times more potent than vitamin C.
Therapeutic properties – extract from grape stones
- Antioxidant properties
Grape seed polyphenols are effective in neutralizing free radicals, preventing the oxidation process of cells and helping to reduce inflammation in the body.
- Maintains blood pressure control
More research on the medicinal properties of grape seed extract shows several ways to control hypertension. Studies have shown that high concentrations of oligomeric procyanidins (class of flavonoids) in grape seed extract have relaxed the arteries, improved blood flow, thus controlling blood pressure.
- Helps regulate glycemia, being an adjunct to diabetes
Grape seed extract can be used successfully in stabilizing blood sugar levels in people who have diabetes.
- Anti-aging effect
Grape seed extract improves skin health. The skin easily absorbs light and small molecules. The topical application of the extract allows it to produce quick and effective effects. Alpha hydroxy acids (compounds used in skin care preparations due to its exfoliating properties), also present in the grapes, maintain and restore the elasticity of the skin, moisturize, prevent and relieve wrinkles, soften the skin and give it a natural shine. Polyphenols are also known as excellent binders to collagen fibers, improving the condition of connective tissues and generally maintaining the elasticity of the skin, joints, arteries and other connective tissues.
- Anti-inflammatory properties
Grape stones contain a compound called resveratrol, with anti-inflammatory properties, helping in dermatitis, infections, cuts and excessive exposure to sunlight. Also, it has antibacterial and antifungal properties.
What else can the grape seed extract do?
Some people call these polyphenols “biological response modifiers of nature” because of their ability to help the body fight viruses, allergens, and carcinogens. This means that among its many properties, this extract has anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anticancer and antimicrobial activity.
Grape seed extract has an incredible antioxidant power
Grape seed extract has an incredible antioxidant potential due to phytonutrients. These include polyphenols, resveratrol and unique complexes called oligomeric proanthocyanins (OPC). The strongest form is in grape seed extract because it contains 95% OPC, which is higher than any other antioxidant extract.
OPC helps the body produce glutathione, a master antioxidant that protects DNA and strengthens the immune system. It also increases vitamin C intracellularly and capillary consolidation and thus improves blood oxygen circulation throughout the body. These antioxidants also act to protect the collagen of soft tissues in the joints and the skin from free radicals and premature aging.
Strong effects against the free radicals of grape seed extract protect the skin from UV radiation, walls of blood vessels of stress and inflammation, and the brain of a small oxygen status. Due to the benefits of grape seed extract on these systems, it has been observed that these seeds improve blood pressure, reduce skin cancer and protect against dementia.
Grape seed extract and cancer
Many studies confirmed the benefits of grape seed extract in slowing down cancer development and in beginning cancer cell death.
Grape seed extracts help to detoxify the liver by radiation poisoning and chemotherapy. Besides, it helps to detoxify the liver from lousy estrogen molecules. By helping the body to eliminate these toxic substances, grape seeds help reduce breast cancer, stomach, colon, prostate, and lung cancer cells.
Grape seed extract and Th2 immunity
The two main parts of the immune system are the Th1 and Th2 systems. It is essential that these systems work in a balanced and coordinated manner. Many people have a dominant position in one of the most important horses. The components in the grape seed extract tend to improve the Th2 immune system. For most people, this capacity provides a tremendous immune boost.
- The grape seed extract is generally considered safe. Side effects may include headaches, itchy scalp, dizziness, and nausea.
- Grape allergens should not use grape seed extract. If you have a bleeding disorder or hypertension, talk to your doctor before starting to use grape seed extract.
- If you are on regular medication, talk to your doctor before starting to use grape seed extract. It could interact with some medicines, such as blood thinners, NSAID analgesics (such as aspirin, Advil, and Aleve), certain heart medications, some cancer treatments, and others.
- Given the lack of evidence of safety during pregnancy and lactation, grape seed extract is not recommended for pregnant or lactating women.