What is Grape Seed Extract?
I think that we can all agree that the notion of grape seeds is less than unappealing. It’s the very reason why seedless grapes are so popular in the supermarkets. Grape seeds are annoying, crunchy and bitter.
But what if you found out that they were packed with powerful health benefits that were being sought after across the globe? It might still take some willpower to munch on those seeds and your body actually doesn’t digest seeds very well. Thankfully, you don’t have to eat them to reap the rewards. Grape seed extract is now a thing.
Grape Seed Extract, or GSE, can now be found in nutritional supplements, skincare and beauty products.
Why Should I Use Grape Seed Extract?
According to many doctors and nutritionists, including Dr. Steven Gundry of Gundry MD, polyphenols are one of the most important nutrients for your body. Dr. Gundry is an award-winning cardiologist who’s been successful in treating chronically ill and overweight patients for decades. He’s created an entire program (and book) around his success called The Plant Paradox and it deeply examines both the pro and cons of the plants we eat.
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Grape seed extract is potent because of its special brand of polyphenols. Polyphenols are micronutrients that are rich in antioxidants. Red wine is packed with them which is why it’s praised for its amazing health benefits (in moderation, of course). But the actual seeds of the grape contain proanthocyanidins—a type of polyphenol with super antioxidant properties. To put that into perspective: studies indicate that the antioxidant power of proanthocyanidins is 20 times higher than that of vitamin C and 50 times higher than vitamin E!
Here’s a few more reasons to fall in love with grape seeds:
GSE fights the signs of aging
With all these super antioxidants battling free radicals, this one should seem obvious – GSE will indeed fight the visible signs of aging. But the proanthocyanidins in GSE can also help to prevent sun damage and improve blood circulation, both of which contribute to healthier and younger looking skin. It may also protect the collagen and elastin in the skin.
GSE can boost wound healing and calm inflammation
Studies have showed that using GSE in a topical cream can heal wounds faster, as well as provide anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties that will further protect the wound.
GSE has antibacterial powers
GSE has proved to be effective against more than 800 bacterial and viral strains, 100 strains of fungus, and a large number of parasites as it disrupts the bacterial membrane. This could be incredible for the future of medicine, and antibiotics, being that grape seeds are an abundant, and completely safe, waste product.
GSE can reduce swelling
Swelling caused by surgery is known as edema. Edema appears to retreat when patients take GSE supplements. One study monitored patients after breast cancer surgery and found that those who took 600 mg of grape seed extract daily had less edema and pain than those who took the placebo. This also proved true for sports injuries.
GSE can help high cholesterol
Some preliminary studies have offered promise for GSE in fighting cholesterol. One study looked at GSE’s effect on the breakdown of fats in the blood and found that those taking the GSE treatment finished with lower levels of bad LDL cholesterol than the placebo.
GSE may also help in the treatment of other conditions
GSE may prove useful for diabetics as it could help to control blood sugar levels and it’s also purported to be useful in treating hemorrhoids. Grape seed extract may also help prevent damage to the liver cells caused by taking chemotherapy medications.
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How Do I Take Grape Seed Extract?
Luckily, no amount of eating grape seeds will deliver the dose we need to attain the full benefits. But concentrated levels of GSE can be found in capsule, tablet and liquid form. When seeking out grape seed extract you should make sure that it contains around 80% proanthocyanidins which will ensure a generous amount of these super antioxidants.
There is no current daily recommended dosage for grape seed extract, but many scientific studies have used dosages of 100-300 mg and many manufacturers recommend 100 mg a day for normal health and 100 mg, twice a day, when treating illness.