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Grape Seed Extract

Veterinarian Reviewed on June 20, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Grape Seed Extract


Grape seed extract (Vitis vinifera) is considered a natural plant constituent or bioflavonoid. It is known to have a high concentration of Vitamin E, Linoleic Acid and flavonoids needed for strengthening and protecting the many tissues of the human body.

Grape seed extract is known to have more potent Vitamin E and Vitamin C thus it is widely used due to its many therapeutic properties.

History and Origin

Grape seed extract has been long used for its therapeutic properties and the commercial preparation of grapes has been done to further reduce its constituents in its purest and most potent form. Grape seed extract is also known to contain polyphenols and is recognized as having a lot of antioxidants that are needed for essential cell growth and development.

Ancient Uses

The use of grape seed extract during ancient times was mostly for the preparation of wine and other beverages. Wine was used as a staple in most European cultures and as a ceremonial drink in some other customs. The beneficial benefit of grape seed extract was mainly for the treatment of gastrointestinal ailments and also for strengthening the immune system.

Modern Uses

In modern times, the grape seed extract was studied and seen to benefit countless illnesses due to the numerous antioxidants found in this remedy. Antioxidants help in preventing premature skin cell aging and may also prevent many other health problems. In many European countries, grape seed extract has been known to treat cardiovascular diseases, varicose veins, collagen damage in skin and also for the treatment of the many different symptoms of arthritis.
Bioflavonoids in grape seed extract can strengthen and protect cells by removing harmful free radicals and toxins. This fantastic remedy is also known to protect the cardiovascular system by strengthening the arteries and capillaries and also helps in providing a good supply of oxygen and nutrients to the major systems of the body, especially the brain.

There have been research studies done regarding the ability of grape seed extract to prevent wrinkles, as well as to prevent premature vision problems. Grape seed extract also has the ability to stimulate healthy hair growth in people with hair loss problems, benefiting men with male pattern baldness.

Supplements made form grape seed extracts are available and can be purchased online. It is important to purchase supplements from reputable sources to get the most out of this amazing remedy.

Side Effects

The use of grape seed extract by pregnant and breast feeding women has not yet been scientifically studied and supported and thus using this herbal remedy must be avoided in these circumstances. It is important to note that if you wish to use grape seed extract for your illness you should seek consult first for appropriate dosage and any precautions for any medication you may be taking.
There are many known healing properties of grape seed extract that have not been scientifically studied yet. It is important to research a particular herbal remedy first and to read reviews and compare products before using any product. Your doctor is the best resource for the ideal product or treatment for your condition.

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Paulina Nelega, RH
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan

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