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Benefits of Grape Seed Extract

By: Jo Johnson - Updated: 30 Jul 2010 | comments*Discuss
 
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As the general public are becoming more aware of their health and how to improve their overall condition, they are looking towards natural remedies and methods of prevention that can help them to achieve this.

Herbal remedies are becoming increasingly popular as a way of taking charge of health and companies that provide herbal health remedies are also making these products more available and affordable and researching exactly how they can help people.

What Is Grape Seed Extract?

Grape seed extracts are substances that have been obtained from the grape seed and can be used as a natural way of promoting good health.

As with many supplementary products, the original source of the product is broken down and substance derived from which they are compressed and made into a purer and more concentrated way of taking the substance; grape seed extract is the same.

How Does It Benefit Health?

There appear to be many potential benefits of including grape seed extract into the diet or as a supplement.Research has shown that the grape seed derivatives may help to prevent heart disease and lower blood pressure. It is thought that these extracts help to prevent the formation of platelets in the blood which when accumulated can contribute to arteries becoming narrowed or blocked up. It is also thought that they may prevent fats in the blood from developing into high cholesterol.

There is further evidence to suggest that there may also be benefits in cancer growth and prevention, wound healing and increasing bone density which may help reduce the incidence of osteoporosis and associated conditions.

Many of the original studies have been proven in animals, but scientists are hopeful that the same or similar results will be seen when more detailed and extensive testing can be performed using human subjects.

Of course these findings do not suggest that by taking grape seed extracts alone will make any vast differences and should not be used instead of conventional medical treatments for such conditions until further research has been carried out and the results analysed and approved medications have been sought and passed by regulatory bodies but it seems that by taking the extract as a supplement to other measures, it may have great benefits to health.

Can It Be Dangerous?

As the research on the effects of this herbal remedy have not been studied closely enough to make any definite recommendations it is advised that it is used with caution in the presence of existing medications.Any person wishing to use grape seed extract as a herbal remedy for health is advised to discuss it with their doctor in case they have any pre-existing conditions that may restrict it’s use.

Products That Contain Grape Seed

At the moment grape seed extracts can be found in many health food and herbal shops and even in some supermarkets. The extract is often found in tablet or capsule form and can be taken as a supplement. Some suppliers may retail grape seed extract as a liquid form which may be added to drinks or taken without dilution.

One of the most popular ways in which grape seed extracts are sold is as grape seed oil which is very popular with many cooks and chefs and is frequently found in small amounts in salads, sauces and marinades but is also found in many beauty products such as hair shampoos or body lotions.

In these small quantities and dosages there are no reported side-effects or cautions, but when it has been extracted and compressed as a tablet the dosage tends to be much higher which is why it should be used with caution and after medical consultation.

Grape seed extract seems to have many potential benefits to health and can be taken in the diet easily or as a supplement, however the long term benefits to health needs further investigation as does it's use with certain medications or with some medical conditions.

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