Other common names: OPCs,
PCOs (Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins)
considered to be a very powerful antioxidant
and is said to help protect the
entire body as one of the
most effective free-radical fighters ever discovered.
Of all the herbal supplements, Grapeseed ranks at the
top of the list in supporting vascular health.
The information presented herein by Herbal Palace
is intended for educational purposes only. These
statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not
intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease.
Individual results may vary, and before using any
supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own
health care provider.
Seeds of the fruit of the vine, once discarded as waste
after the juice was pressed out for wine, have become the
source of an exceptional dietary supplement. Grapes were
first cultivated near the Caspian Sea, and their use as food
and drink had spread throughout the Mediterranean world
before The Bible was written. They were cultivated
in Egypt over four thousand years ago, and even the ancient
Greeks believed that wine had wonderful health benefits.
Today, Grapeseeds are known as an important source of
Nature's most potent antioxidants, tannin compounds also
called proanthocyanidins (also called OPCs for oligomeric
procyanidins or PCOs for procyanidolic oligomers). They are
classified as flavonols, and the way in which these
versatile healing compounds are distinct from flavonoids is
their simple chemical structure, which allows them to be
readily absorbed into the bloodstream. They work actively
against fat-soluble and water-soluble oxidants, thus
protecting the cells from damage. OPCs may also be derived
from pine bark and are present in red wine, hops, various
flowers, fruits, berries, nuts and beans, but Grapeseed
is the richest source of these important nutrients.
Grapeseed is also rich in beta-carotene, vitamin E
compounds, and bioflavonoids that exert vitamin-C-like
effects. These constituents strengthen the cell membranes
and are free-radical scavengers that protect the cells from
Grapeseed has become a popular supplement for preventing
heart disease and arteriosclerosis. Numerous studies now say
that the level of antioxidants may be a more significant
factor than cholesterol levels in determining the risk of
developing heart disease. The powerful antioxidants in
Grapeseed are said to help prevent the oxidation of
cholesterol that ultimately leads to the process of
arteriosclerosis, and the high flavonoid content in
Grapeseed appears capable of significantly reducing the risk
of heart attack or stroke.
As one of the
finest antioxidants found in nature, Grapeseed works to
combat free radical damage to cells and tissue and defend
the body against serious invasive disease and infection.
degeneration may be slowed by the use of Grapeseed, and it
may also reduce myopia and improve vision that is stressed
by computer screens or glare.
believed to improve blood circulation, which benefits both
cardiac and cerebral function. It is also said to improve
peripheral circulation, resulting in less pain and swelling
in arms and legs and fewer nighttime cramps. Grapeseed is
thought to relieve numbness and tingling.
vascular health, Grapeseed is considered the best herbal
supplement that will maintain the health of capillaries,
through which the blood delivers nutrients to individual
cells and carries away waste products.
said to revitalize ageing skin and promote tissue
elasticity, which also helps to reduce the tendency to
bruise easily and increases the healing of injuries.
research has shown that the polyphenols in Grapeseed inhibit
the growth of the Streptococcus mutans bacteria
that causes tooth decay.
said to reduce histamine production, and this action has
helped many allergy sufferers.
Take one (1) capsule, one (1) time each day with water at
Do not take Grapeseed if you have anemia or if you are
taking blood-thinning medication (aspirin, Coumadin, etc.).
Since the tannin content of Grapeseed is high, it may
counter the effects of iron supplements and should be taken
at a different time.
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