Clayton's Health Facts: Grape Seed.

Clayton South, SPN (ISSA), is a recognized expert in the bodybuilding / fitness industry with over 150 bodybuilding, fitness and nutrition publications to his credit.

What Is It?
And Where Does It Come From?

Grape Seed is one of the most potent anti-oxidants found in nature. Rich in bioflavonoids, radical fighters, it helps prevent damage to cells by free radicals, often called 'garbage cells'. This extract is at least 15 to 25 times more powerful than Vitamin E in neutralizing iron and oxygen free radicals.

Grape Seed extract is a medicinal herb used primarily for it's high proanthocyanidin content. Proanthocyanidin is a bioflavonoid which has demonstrated anti-oxidant properties and is taken by some as a treatment for arthritis, bruises, gum disease, phlebitis, ulcers, varicose veins, and other vascular problems. It has also been utilized in the treatment of allergies that respond to antihistamines.

What Does It Do?
And What Scientific Studies Give Evidence To Support This?

It is thought to protect and strengthen connective tissue. Proanthocyanidins are also considered helpful in improving and preserving the elasticity of skin by stabilizing collagen and elastin. Grape seed extract's anti-oxidant properties have been used for treating inflammation, cardiac or cerebral infarction, and hypoxia from arteriosclerosis.

What Does It Do?
And What Scientific Studies Give Evidence To Support This?

Grape seed extract has gained in popularity over the years. It has been studied since the early 80's for its free radical scavenging effect and it's ability to inhibit histamine. This free radical scavenging effect has demonstrated itself to be 20 times more potent than either vitamin C or vitamin E.

Therapeutic benefits have been shown to be dose dependent. Its usage is considered safe for conception, and pregnancy.

Properly prepared Grape Seed Extract Proanthocyanidin has been said to yield a 95 % concentration of the Oligomeric Proanthocyanidin Complexes (OPCs).

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