(NaturalHealth365) Many scientific studies have explored the health benefits of red wine. But does anyone really think alcohol is the key ingredient to good health? In truth, the healthiest part of wine is the whole grape seed and skin – rich in antioxidants.
Reduce inflammation and prevent disease – naturally
Grape seed extract has been shown to dramatically reduce the risk of prostate cancer, fight infection, improve sugar levels, increase cognitive ability by slowing down the aging of the brain, boost “good” cholesterol (HDL) and strengthen blood vessels.
Grape seeds are known for their proanthocyanidins, which prove to be 20 times stronger than vitamin E and 50 times stronger than vitamin C – which make it one of the best free radical fighters on the planet. Current research suggests that grape seeds are a way of preventing and treating the following conditions:
High Blood Pressure
In a study of subjects with metabolic syndrome, researchers found that four weeks of treatment with grape seed extract lowered both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
Metabolic syndrome is marked by a cluster of health problems (including excess belly fat, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, insulin resistance and inflammation) which are known to raise your risk for heart disease and type-2 diabetes.
Grape seed extract may help delay the development of Alzheimer’s disease, according to an animal study published in 2009. In tests on mice, scientists discovered that grape seed extract eased inflammation and prevented the accumulation of substances known to form the brain plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
There are studies that show regular consumption of grape seed extract may be responsible for both preventing cancer and triggering cancer cells to self destruct. A further study concluded it may help prevent liver damage and other side effects caused by chemotherapy.
A Science Daily research report by Professor Agarwal showed that grape seed extract inhibited the growth of colorectal tumors both in vitro and in mice. The study originally in Clinical Cancer Research – showed that it worked by freezing cell division and was able to attack existing cancer cells.
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The Vitamin And Lifestyle study (VITAL Cohort study) which followed over 30,000 men for 10 years found that a high (average) dosage of grape seed extract supplementation lowered the risk of prostate cancer by 62 percent! Even average users of grape seed extract – experience a 41 percent lower incident of prostate cancer.
In 2009 research, from the City of Hope, in California had concluded that grape seed extract reduced a protein (VEGE) that produces new blood vessels essential to growing cancers.
A study carried out by the department of Dermatology, University of California in June of 2011 involving 830 people comparing various vitamins found that the group taking grape seed extract experience a 74 percent reduction in squamous cell carcinoma – a type of skin cancer.
How can we consume grape seed extract?
Grape seed extract is sold commercially in the form of nutritional supplements. Grape seed oil and grape seed extract contain many of the same substances, such as vitamin E and linoleic acid.
Grape seed extract is richer in procyanidins which has a powerful antioxidant effect – but can act as a blood thinner – so consult your doctor if you are taking blood thinners. Keep in mind, grape seed oil contains a much smaller amount of procyanidins and does not carry the same (potential) drug interaction as grape seed extract.
Can I cook with grape seed oil?
Cooking with a high quality grape seed oil is a safe and healthy way to add grape seed to the diet. Grape seed oil has a very high “smoke point”, and is great for high temperature cooking. Grape seed oil has the lowest levels of saturated fats of any oil and is high in Linoleic acid – a super-healthy omega fatty acid. Also, with its clean light taste it works well in salad dressings and as base for garlic, rosemary or other herbs and spices.
Adding grape seed oil to your daily menu is one of the easiest ways to improve your health. Tell us your experience – in the comment box below.
About the author: Blanche Levine has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in Natural Healing including Naturopaths, Scientist, and Energy Healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.