As one of the most widely cultivated fruits in the world today, chances are pretty good that you’ve consumed grapes. If you’ve eaten raisins, had a PB&J with grape jelly, or a glass of grape juice or wine, then you’ve enjoyed some of the virtues of this versatile fruit. Grapes, however, have so much more to offer than a delicious snack or beverage, and the compounds that reside inside grape seeds have a wide range of health benefits that can support your wellbeing on the deepest levels.
Although grapes have been enjoyed as a food and for wine since ancient Greek and Roman times, research on the bioactive components of grape seeds only started in the beginning of the 20th century. It was during that time when nutritional scientists isolated and identified the compounds we came to define as vitamins, and they discovered a host of other phytochemical compounds along the way.
The secret behind grapes is linked to a class of plant compounds called polyphenols, more specifically to those inside grapes’ seeds and skins called proanthocyanidins. It’s these antioxidant-rich compounds that give them their color and astringent taste, and grapes contain literally dozens of powerful antioxidants such as phenolic acids, anthocyanins, flavonoids, and oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes (OPCs).
What is Grape Seed Extract?
Grape seed extract is a derivative of grape seeds that condenses all of their health supporting goodies into a concentrated dietary supplement. The many health benefits of grape seed extract have been studied extensively through scientific research all over the world with new research coming out all the time.
Grape Seed Benefits
Because of their high concentration of antioxidants, grape seeds — specifically, grape seed extract has a variety of benefits that deeply support good health. The benefits of grape seed extract include:
- Provides antioxidant support for healthy aging
- Helps maintain healthy blood pressure & cholesterol
- Nourishes healthy eyes & radiant skin
- Delivers powerful support for a healthy cardiovascular system
- Protects healthy cognitive function & focus
- Helps maintain healthy cells and DNA
- Supports a healthy inflammatory response
Let’s dive into these benefits in a little more detail to find out exactly how grape seed extract helps support healthy functions in the body.
Antioxidants, sometimes called “free radical scavengers,” are compounds that can prevent or slow cell damage caused by free radicals. Since free radicals can cause oxidative stress to your cells, proteins, and your DNA, the antioxidants in grape seed extract provide across-the-board support for a healthy heart, brain, eyes, skin, blood vessels, and overall healthy aging.
Maintains Healthy Blood Pressure & Cholesterol
Numerous studies have investigated the effects of grape seed extract on the cardiovascular system with very promising results. The research suggests that it helps maintain healthy blood pressure, supports healthy blood flow, and may hamper the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol which in turn helps prevent the buildup of fatty plaque in the arteries.
Protects Healthy Cognitive Function
The synergistic effects of grape seed extract’s antioxidant properties paired with its support for a healthy inflammation response help protect the brain as it ages. Since no one can stop the hands of time, we could all use an assist from grape seed extract to stay sharp and focused as we age.
Healthy Eyes & Radiant Skin
The powerful proanthocyanidins in grape seed extract protect your body against the signs of aging, which include keeping your skin healthy and luminous from the inside out. Meanwhile its oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes (OPCs) have been shown to support healthy night vision, and help prevent or slow the development of eye ailments such as macular degeneration and cataracts.
Are there Side Effects of Grape Seed Extract?
Grape seed extract has been approved as generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, people allergic to grapes should not take grape seed extract, and it also may have blood thinning properties, which could increase the risk of bleeding if taken with blood thinning medications.
How to Choose Grape Seed Extract?
Since grapes are notorious for pesticide & fungicide contamination, it’s important to search for an organic grape seed extract. It’s also essential to find a fully standardized extract that concentrates and quantifies the proanthocyanidins that are responsible for so many of grape seed extract’s health benefits. Without standardization, you can’t know the strength (or weakness) of what you’re buying.
SuperPure® Grape Seed Extract is made with organic grape seeds and skin, and is processed with no chemical solvents or additives whatsoever, facts that are not true of the majority of herbal extracts out there. It's highly concentrated to 150 mg of proanthocyanidins per capsule. Not only that, the whole spectrum of active polyphenols is extracted, condensed, and standardized so that you get the full benefit of the whole symphony of antioxidants inside this special fruit. With all that this master multitasker has to offer, why not start getting the benefits of grape seed extract today?