To discuss in a broader sense, all nature is useful and beautiful…Fruits are a part of that very creations, bearing enormous health benefits to the mankind. One such fruit is a bunch of grapes… which gives you pleasure in the form of wine, taste in the form of fruit and juice and health benefits through every part of it i.e. fruit, peel, leaves and seed. Initially, people in Greece used grape vine for medicinal purposes. They even made ointments out of it and used for various indications. Recently, you might have heard a lot about not just grape, but the grape seed extract. Sometimes, I don’t understand why we’ll leave the most important part of the fruit and get satisfied by just eating the pulp? Yeah, you heard it right, because the seed that we throw away has a lot of medicinal value.

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So, first let’s know what grape seed extract contains?

Grape seed extract contains a vast array of beneficial compounds like protein, lipids, carbohydrates and polyphenols.

These polyphenols are in the form of bioflavonoids that are known for their highly potent antioxidant property. It is said that the antioxidant nature of polyphenols is 20 times more than that of Vitamin E and 50 times more than that of vitamin C.

Therefore, with its antioxidant nature, it prevents cell damage from free radicals and oxidative stress.

Grape seed extract also contains a hidden miraculous compound i.e. Resveratrol. It helps in Anti-aging and is an efficient neuroprotective agent.

I know you’ll be more curious to know…

Health Benefits of Grape Seed Extract:

Anti- aging effects:

Aging shows its effects in many ways. Wrinkles and sagging skin are the common age-old concerns which can be reversed by Grape seed extract, since it is a rich source for polyphenols. It also protects the skin against U.V radiations.

Cardiovascular benefits:

It protects the health of arteries by preventing plaque formation and strengthens capillaries &veins.

Grape seed extract delays the oxidation LDL cholesterol i.e. bad cholesterol. The longer it takes for LDL to oxidize, the less likely it is to start clogging up your veins and arteries. People who drink purple grape juice can show an increase in oxidation lag time of 27%. Aids blood circulation.

As an Anti-allergen:

Grape seed extract also acts as natural anti-histamine, moderating allergic responses by reducing histamine production and boosting the immune system.

It aids wound healing by helping to regenerate damaged blood vessels and clearing harmful bacteria from the wound.

For Eye Vision:

Grape seed extract is frequently recommended to combat macular degeneration, cataracts, and eye strain.

Studies have shown, taking 300 mg daily reduces eyestrain from prolonged computer use in 60 days.

Neurological benefits:

Grape seed extract aids in regulating the neurotransmitters in the brain and inhibits the breakdown of norepinephrine and dopamine. It is recommended for the patients with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder).

It is a good neuro – protective agent that can protect the brain tissue by even crossing the blood-brain barrier, which is rare for an antioxidant.

As an Anti- cancerous agent:

Studies show that they may have a particular use against colorectal cancer, and scientists are devoting a fair amount of new research to grape seed, because they’re pretty confident about its abilities.

It may also interfere with cancer cell growth and proliferation.

Grape seed extract benefits do not limit here, It is also useful for arthritis, osteoporosis, has its application in case of tooth decay, inhibits the expression and replication of virus in case of HIV patients and many more.

Hence, try to consume grapes, especially grape seed extract to enjoy all these benefits and to be healthy.