Veterinarian Reviewed on June 7, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Red Grape (Seed and Skin)
The Red Grape seed and skin are a huge resource of antioxidants, flavonoids and phytochemicals that are so strong that they can easily supersede the nutrient value of vitamin C and vitamin E when it comes to fighting against diseases, infections and aging. The Red Grape seed extracts have been in use for thousands of years for treating inflammations such as heart diseases, sore throat and bleeding. Out of all that is available now days, proanthocyanidins are considered to be the most potent and it is also believed that is the main component in red wine, which has antioxidant effects.
History of the Red Grape
It is believed that the Egyptians and the Greek philosophers were the first to recognize the healing properties of grapes and since then it has been used as an important source of herbal medicine. There are no known side effects of Red Grape seed extracts. A lot of diseases such as macular degeneration, diabetic neuropathy, cataracts, varicose veins, thrombosis and even impotency are known to have shown improvements with the usage if Red Grape seed extract supplement and its prompt healing properties.
Ancient Uses of Red Grape
The most popular use of Red Grape has been in the form of Red Wine for thousands of years, although a lot of herbal medicines too are being known to have Red Grape seed extracts. Red Wine was used for healing for many years before the discovery was made that the moderate consumption of wine made with Red Grape is beneficial for the heart, blood and cholesterol levels. The Red Grape leaves and vines have been used in traditional healing to help conditions such as bleeding, inflammation and are also known to provide relief from sore throat, relief from constipation, as well as relief from the symptoms of many different types of skin conditions.
Modern Uses of Red Grape
Red Grape seed extract contains numerous chemical compounds that are known to work at a cellular level and it also promotes healing in the body. It releases the most useful antioxidants and hunts for free radicals in the blood stream. Red Grape seed extract has a high concentration of Vitamin E, Linoleic oil, and also astringent tannins that are known to improve digestive conditions. There are also evidences that Red Grape seed extracts helps to heal wounds faster and are also helpful in stronger capillary growth. The benefits of Red Grape have been in use for a long time but it was only in recent years that scientists have truly recognized the positive effects of the Red Grape and its seeds and skin. Its anti cholesterol property is known to be the best medical discovery as it reduces the amount of bad cholesterol and helps to rebuild good cholesterol. Other important features are stimulating the immune system and helping to reduce high blood pressure.
Side Effects of Red Grape
Red Grape components have shown no side effects if taken in moderation. However, pregnant women are advised not to take the supplements without proper medical supervision for prevention.
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