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GRAPE SEED EXTRACT Its Properties and Benefits Article Reprinted With Permission by J.E. GROGAN, B.Ed., C.N.

Grape Seed Extract (GSE) is a rich source of biologically active compounds. Complexes of bioflavinoids including polyphenols, catechins, proanthocyanidins, gallic acid and others occur in large quantities in GSE and exert powerful biological benefits. GSE is water soluble, extremely well absorbed, well tolerated, and is free of toxicity.

structures; directly preventing collagen breakdown and destruction. Strengthening the collagen fibers improves the integrity of all connective tissue. GSE also protects these tissues during periods of inflammation and infection. It prevents the release of pro-inflammatory substances that can increase or promote inflammation of the body’s tissues.

By acting as a powerful anti-inflammatory, swelling GSE has potent antioxidant properties. It is about of injured tissue can be minimized reducing pain 20 times stronger than vitamin C and 50 times stronger than vitamin E in its antioxidant effect. GSE and speeding up the healing process. GSE can prevent and relieve excessive fluid build up (edema) has the ability to increase vitamin C absorption and especially in the lymph glands. This improves transport into the body’s aids in clearing waste material from tissues. It prevents vitamin C from “Grape Seed Extract the site of injury or infection. GSE being used too rapidly, thus prolonging can protect the cells including the allmay also have benefit for the synovial vitamin C’s benefits. important genetic fluid in the joints. material from free GSE is an excellent detoxifier of highly radical induced 2.) Cardiovascular System damaging toxic free radicals. GSE can oxidative damage.” GSE has multiple cardiovascular protect the cells including the allprotective properties. GSE prevents important genetic material from free the oxidation of LDL cholesterol – a key risk factor radical induced oxidative damage. Radiation toxicity in the development of cardiovascular disease. GSE and the skin damaging effects of ultraviolet-B radiation from the sun can also be minimized by can inhibit the enzyme xanthine oxidase, which can GSE. The overall antioxidant potential in the blood damage blood vessel walls. GSE prevents the and tissues are improved with GSE as are the breakdown of the elastic fibers in the blood vessel walls. It also strengthens the capillaries. advantages of having an increased antioxidant status. GSE, because of its unique ability to improve antioxidant defenses, shows a broad range of Platelet stickiness is reduced with GSE. It has a biological benefits to a variety of cells, tissues, and beneficial effect similar to aspirin, which reduces the possibility of platelet “clumping” and platelet organs. adhesion to blood vessel walls. This prevents inappropriate clot formation – another risk factor 1.) Connective Tissue for heart disease and stroke. The most abundant protein in the body is collagen, which maintains the strength and integrity of tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. Collagen also GSE can increase microcirculation in the brain and heart and increases both arterial and venous blood supports the structure of the skin, blood vessel walls, and is the “cement” that holds tissues together. GSE flow in the arms and legs. By strengthening the blood has the unique ability to bind to and support collagen vessel walls an especially positive effect on varicose

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