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Grape Seed Extract
- An Anti-Aging Wonder
- Nature’s Biological Response Modifiers
- May Help To Prevent Senility
Grape seed extract is beneficial for humans in that it contains antioxidants, procyanidins, and polyphenols which all serve to protect healthy cells from being damaged by rogue molecules called free radicals.
This particular extract is taken from the seeds of the Vitis Vinifera, L. This is a type of grape plant that is usually used to make wine. Polyphenols are particularly strong antioxidants and can be found in high concentrations within the seed of this plant, which is where this extract is derived from. It also has flavonoids, which have antioxidant properties as well, and phytochemicals which are known to have effectiveness to rival the standard Vitamins C, and E.
Grape seed also contains within it, procyanidolic oligomers (or PCOs). PCOs are known for prevent the degradation of important tissues by inhibiting the enzymes that normally do damage to them.
While vitamins C and E are thought to be great sources of antioxidants, in truth, the antioxidants present in these nutrients are usually excreted from the body not long after consumption. However, the antioxidants provided by grape seed extract will stay in the body up to 3 days in some cases.
The health benefits of grape seed extract were first discovered in the 20th century when French diets were being studied. Even though their diets were extremely high in fat which should have put them all at risk for heart disease, they somehow remained resistant to it. It was then hypothesized that their love for red wine may have been part of the reason that they were kept so healthy. In other words, grape seed extract helps keep the cardiovascular system very healthy.
What Does Grape Seed Extract Powder Actually Contain?
There are very many ingredients in grape seed powder which are meant to promote general health such as polyphenols, and protein which have been mentioned above, as well as others like lipids, carbohydrates, and flavonoids. One particular component of grape seed extract which is unique is procyanidin (which was nicknamed Vitamin P by its founder, a name that did not end up taking off). Despite the fact that the name Vitamin P never took, it is quite an important nutrient helping to maintain comprehensive oral health as well as health of bones, hair, skin, and other body tissues. The skin is protected well in particular as procyanidin protects it from damaging rays.
Grape seed extract also has resveratrol which is an antioxidant that is particularly useful in helping with cardiovascular health, and is likely responsible for the low rates of heart disease amongst the French.
Health Benefits Provided by Grape Seed Extract
Grape seed extract contains several different types of antioxidants which keep the immune system healthy and running smoothly. On top of that it also has antioxidants that specifically help with heart health by preventing heart disease and other cardiovascular problems including high cholesterol.
Serving Size & Timing
Grape seed extract should be taken in servings of 250mg two times per day depending on intended effect. This is equal to about 3/32tsp. No more than 500mg per day should be taken unless specifically told to do so by a medical professional.
Supplement FactsServing size: 200 milligrams
Serving per container: *
|Amount Per Serving||% Daily Value**|
|Grape Seed Extract 200 mg||*|
|Standardized to contain >90% Proanthocyanidins 180mg||*|
** Based on 2,000 calorie diet
sugar, soy, dairy, yeast, corn, gluten and additives
As a dietary supplement, take 50 mg (rounded 1/64 tsp) to 200 mg (rounded 1/16 tsp) daily,or every other day, or as directed by physician.
|US Standard Measuring Spoons|
INGREDIENTS & FURTHER INFORMATION
Grape Seed Extract Concentration
There are no fillers of any kind present in this supplement and it is considered food grade meaning it is safe for consumption.
Grape Seed Extract Side Effects
While some have reported minor issues such as headache, itchiness of scalp, dizziness, and even nausea, these reports are rare, and all occur in subjects who have taken above the recommended dosage. Also, if allergic to grapes, this supplement should be avoided.
Grape Seed Extract Solubility
Grape seed extract will blend surprisingly well when mixed with water or juice. It can even be taken with or on food. Taking servings larger than 100mg the taste of the supplement will probably be a bit too bitter for anyone to tolerate. Those, those with sensitive stomachs or taste buds may want to consider having gel caps filled with this extract in order for accurate consumption. Because the most important ingredient in this extract, proanthocyanidin can survive in the body for up to 3 days, grape seed extract should be taken every other day to maintain balanced levels of this chemical in the body. This product should be stored in an area that is free from light, heat, and moisture.
I take this Grape Seed Extract along with Pine Bark Extract mixed together in either orange juice or grape juice. Both supplements have a woody taste (because they come directly from woody substances), but the taste is fine once they are mixed in juice. Each supplement contains its own particular variety of "oligomeric proanthocyanidin complex" (OPC), one of the great natural discoveries of the 20th Century, in my opinion.
I first started taking OPCs many years ago in the form of Pycnogenol, which was fairly expensive because it had a patent on it. It’s so nice now to be getting OPCs at such reasonable prices.
This is a very nice quality Grape Seed Extract. I found BulkSupplements shortly after my former supplier decided to stop making up and selling their own powdered form of the supplement. I guess they decided it was easier to just stock the same old brands (pill form) that all the other companies carried.
On 4/14/2014 ARTHUR said...
- Honestly, it has a strange vanilla pipe tobacco aroma to it that reminds me of what my dad used to smoke. Taste is okay when mixed with my amino acids in the morning. So far, seems to be working just fine. I like it.
On 4/13/2014 zac said...
It make my morning drink taste like grapefruit juice.
I take this because I need vitamin C and I cannot take asorbic acid.
On 4/7/2014 Patricia said...
*NOTE: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.