Extract of tiny red grape seed has become one of the leading natural remedies in Europe. It contains antioxidant active substances, so-called flavonoids, which protect the organism from the action of unstable oxygen molecules – free radicals. The extract also contains oligomeric proanthocyanidine complexes or, shorter, proanthocyanidins. Those substances had a name pycnogenol once and it is believed that they play an important role in preventing heart diseases and cancer.
Pycnogenol is one of the proanthocyanidins found in the pinus pinaster bark and can be used instead of the grape seed extract, but is more expensive than it and many therapists think the higher price is not justified in relation to the value.
How do they work?
The grape seed extract has a powerful positive effect on the blood vessels. Therefore, the active substances of this extract (proanthocyanidins) are the most important ingredient of one of the most popular vasodilators in Western Europe.
Grape seed extract contains both water-soluble and active fat-soluble active agents, so it works well on all cells and can provide protection to the whole organism. These substances are among the few that can pass the blood-brain barrier and thus protect the brain from the action of free radicals.
MAIN USEFUL EFFECTS: grape seed extract, with its powerful action on the blood vessels, not only can reduce the risk of heart and stroke, but also strengthen weak capillaries and improve blood flow, especially in the limbs (hands and feet). Because of this, many therapists believe that this supplement is beneficial to almost all forms of disturbed blood vessel functions and related conditions, such as diabetes, enlarged veins, some forms of impotence, weakened sensation and numbness in the limbs, and even painful cramps in the legs.
Grape seed extract also affects the narrowest blood vessels and may have beneficial effects on the bloodstream in the eye. It is often advised to use this extract to treat macular degeneration or cataract, which are the most common causes of blindness of the elderly people. This nutrition supplement can be useful to people who spend a lot of time in front of the computer. Studies have shown that taking 300 mg grape seed extract in the course of 60 days reduces eye strain and improves the contrasting vision of people who are often in front of a computer monitor.
Many therapists today recommend grape seed extract as a means of beneficial action against the development of malignant diseases. Proanthocyanidins, the antioxidants that are contained in this extract, protect genetic material in cells, which is essential in preventing cancer.
ADDITIONAL USEFUL EFFECTS: grape seed extract helps protect and regenerate collagen in the skin and is often found in cosmetic creams for skin elasticity.
This extract can alleviate allergy symptoms. Its use, in turn, reduces the secretion of histamine and other substances that cause allergy symptoms, which is beneficial to people suffering from hay fever and urticaria. Grape seed extract prevents the release of prostaglandins, which also participate in the allergic reaction, but also in pain and inflammation; this effect can help women with endometriosis.
How to take them?
For antioxidant protection: take 100 mg of grape seed extract per day.
For therapeutic purposes: take 200 mg of grape seed extract per day.
Choose the preparations standardized to contain 92% to 95% of proanthocyanidine.
USE GUIDELINES: grape seed extract should be taken regularly, at the same time, because only 28% of the active substance remains in the body after 24 hours. This is especially important if you are taking it to treat a disease.
Possible side effects
To date, no side effects or toxic reactions have been reported when taking grape seed extract.
IMPORTANT: if you have any illness, consult your doctor before taking any supplements.