The Remarkable Health Benefits of Grape Seeds & Skins
Like with most foods that quietly boast medicinal properties, the popularity of the grape hasn’t traditionally centered around its therapeutic potential. The average grape-lover today prefers this fruit because of its succulent tartness, not because it has the ability to prevent cardiovascular events and infections. But this is changing, thanks to the work of scientists who are uncovering how grape constituents such as resveratrol can help prevent and treat a host of human health conditions.
Grape seed has the most concentrated form of benefits from the grape. Its extracts have been shown to improve immunity & prevent cancer. The powerful free radical scavenging effects of the extract protect the skin from UV radiation damage, blood vessel walls from inflammatory stress & the brain from low oxygen states. Antioxidants in grape seed triggered the death of 76% of exposed leukemia cells. Grape seed extracts help the liver to detoxify from radiation induced poisons & chemotherapy.
Grapes & Grape seed extract contains nutrients called proanthocyanidins. These PCO's have been found to strengthen capillaries, stabilize collagen & maintain two critical proteins in connective tissue. Bilberry, cranberry, black currant, green tea, & black tea contain OPC's, but higher concentrations are found in pine bark, grape seed & grape skin. Make sure those grapes you eat are organic & have seeds! #dherbs #healthtips