The power of grape seed: Fighting free radicals with natural antioxidants

When it comes to boosting health and fighting damaging free radicals, some of the best sources of medicine can be found in nature.

Grape seed extract has been used for years for its health-boosting properties. Packed with plenty of powerful antioxidants, this little natural wonder is being used to treat many of the issues that can arise from free radical damage to the body.

Grape seed extract and OPCs

Typically taken from the seeds of wine grapes (vitis vinifera), grape seed extract contains several chemicals that have been shown to be very effective in fighting free radicals.

Most importantly, the extract is full of an active component called oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes – better known as OPCs. These OPCs are particularly powerful forms of antioxidants, the substances that help to protect the cells within our bodies from damage.

Amazing antioxidants and the fight against free radicals

Antioxidants are essential for helping to protect the body against free radicals, the molecules that are produced in your body when you break down food, or from exposure to environmental factors such as cigarette smoke, pollution and radiation.

Free radicals can also occur from the essential process of breathing. As our body takes in oxygen and converts it for use around the bloodstream, a very small amount of the oxygen isn't properly converted and the molecule is left with one free electron, leading to the production of a free radical.

These free radicals can have a toxic and harmful effect on cells described as oxidative stress or damage. The name comes from the unpaired or ‘free’ electron in the molecule that makes it highly reactive, capable of causing substantial damage to other molecules in its search to find another electron.

Oxidative stress has been linked to many health conditions and such as inflammatory diseases, heart diseases and strokes, Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological issues.

Antioxidants play an important role in fighting these free radicals, by slowing or inhibiting the activity of radicals in the body and protecting healthy cells. They are found naturally in a wide range of foods such as citrus fruits, berries, tomatoes, onions, walnuts, hazelnuts and brazil nuts.

The benefits of grape seed extract

As a naturally derived source of OPCs, grape seed extract can be an ideal way to boost your intake of these essential antioxidants.

Grape seeds also contain other substances supporting good health, such as Vitamin E, flavonoids and linoleic acid.

Scientific studies on the health benefits of grape seeds have experimented with doses of between 100 and 3000 milligrams per day.

The results of previous research into grape seed has revealed that it can be effective for treating complications related to diabetes and reducing an individual’s risk of cardiovascular problems.

Other studies carried out with grape seed show it can help to lower blood pressure levels and even delay the development of Alzheimer’s Disease. An experiment on mice showed that grape seed extract eased inflammation and helped to prevent the substances involved in the ‘brain plaque’ associated with the disease from building up.

The only source of grape seed clearly comes from grapes, but that’s not to say you need to eat a tonne of grapes every day to get your fill! It is also available as a dietary supplement in the form of capsules, tablets and liquid extracts which can be taken directly.

Most adults can take grape seed extract safely, however, it is not recommended for children or those who have an allergy to grapes. Other health factors such as high blood pressure or a bleeding disorder can also affect the use of the extract, so if you have these conditions you will need to consult your doctor about taking grape seed first.

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). OPCs possess potent antioxidant properties to protect against cellular damage. It is available for secure order from our online shop.

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