How can I use grape seed?

If there was an award for most versatile fruit, the humble grape would definitely have to be one of the top contenders. Not only is it a tasty and healthy snack on its own and the vital ingredient for wine, it's also full of additional health benefits for your skin, blood circulation and swelling.

Thanks to a variety of helpful substances such as flavonoids, this powerful antioxidant packs a punch when it comes to nourishing your body. Read on to find out exactly how it works and what you can use it for.

Grape seed for skin

Grape seeds are a veritable cocktail of skin-loving ingredients, so it’s no surprise the beauty industry has started to turn its focus towards the potential of this wonder ingredient. The secret may be attributed to the amount of vitamin E and other antioxidants that can be found within each grape seed extract.

Vitamin E is a known antioxidant, a substance that can help protect cells in the body from damage caused by free radicals. These free radicals can affect the body in many different ways, but the area that tends to bear the most visible and immediate impact is skin. For example, UV radiation from the sun is a type of free radical damage that can change the actual DNA of your cells – leading to premature ageing, skin cancer and other serious conditions.

However, the sun isn’t the only source of free radical in the environment. Everything from pollution to smoking and stress can all leave their mark on the skin.

Antioxidants are key to fighting and preventing the effects of free radicals, and grape seeds are renowned for containing some pretty powerful varieties – not just vitamin E. One of the most interesting is the plant compound known as oligomeric proanthocyanidins or OPCs. These have more power than other more well known antioxidants (including vitamins E and C) and can be more effective at combating the effects of free radicals.

In addition to this, OPCs are also thought to encourage the production of collagen and elastin within the skin – two proteins that contribute to that youthful elasticity that characterises younger skin.

Grape seed for blood circulation and healthy veins

Another star component in grape seed extract is resveratrol. This is yet another type of antioxidant from a group of plant compounds called polyphenols, but studies have shown it could help in preventing heart disease.

Resveratrol is thought to reduce inflammation in the body and prevent damage to blood vessels. It is also associated with reducing the level of low density lipoproteins or LDL cholesterol in the body (the ‘bad’ type) and preventing blood clots, which help to promote better blood circulation and lower the risk of heart disease.

The other antioxidants in grape seed (including OPCs and flavonoids) may be able to help relax blood vessels and protect them from free radical damage, which supports proper blood flow through the veins and lowers the risk of high blood pressure.

Using grape seed extract may also help to reduce swelling in the leg (also known as oedema) and alleviate the symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency, which occurs when the veins have difficulty circulating blood in the legs back to the heart. However, further studies are still needed to confirm whether it is truly effective for these two conditions.

While researchers are still exploring the true potential of this tiny seed, the many potent antioxidants found within it mean the benefits to your health and wellbeing could be significant.

Good Health Grape seed 25000 is an extra strength antioxidant supplement which provides 25gm of Vitis vinifera (Grape Seed) per capsule. It provides a concentrated source of oligomeric procyanidins (OPCs). Buy it now from our secure on-line shop.

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