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Grape Seed Extract

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Grape seed extract is used for conditions related to the heart and blood vessels, such as arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and poor circulation.

Other reasons for the use of grape seed extract include complications related to diabetes, such as nerve and eye damage, vision problems, such as macular degeneration, which can cause blindness; and swelling after an injury or surgery.

Grape seed extract is also used for cancer prevention and wound healing.

How is it Used

Grade seed extract is prepared from the seed of grapes. It is available in capsule and tablet forms.

What the Science Says

Laboratory studies have shown that grape seed contains antioxidants - substances that prevent cell damage caused by free radicals, which are highly reactive molecules that can damage cell function.* However, it is still unclear how grape seed might affect human health.

Grape seed extracts have shown some beneficial antioxidant effects in preliminary NIH clinical trials.

A study funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) found that grape seed extract did not reduce the hardening of breast tissue that can occur after radiation therapy for breast cancer.

NCI is also funding studies evaluating whether grape seed extract is effective in preventing breast and prostate cancers. Visit National Cancer Institute at www.cancer.gov.

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*For more information visit

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine/NIH

CCAM Health Information

http://nccam.nih.gov/health/

Clinical Trials at NCCAM/NIH

http://nccam.nih.gov/clinicaltrials/alltrials.htm

 

 

*Free radicals are atoms or molecules that are missing one of their two electrons. They are unstable and will try and take another electron from any nearby molecule, leaving damage in its wake. The process is a cyclical threefold process:

1. A burst of free-radicals attacks the cell plasma membrane.

2. The cell plasma membrane produces pro inflammatory chemicals.

3. These pro inflammatory chemicals produce more free radicals.

Inflammation in the body is a key factor in aging and the production of wrinkles. As a result of the pro inflammatory chemicals in #3 above, collagen is digested and this results in micro scars that lead to wrinkles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph Mallord William Turner
British, 1775 - 1851

 

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