Nutritional Supplements Library
What is Grapeseed?
Grapeseed means seed of red grape. The grapeseeds are typically from red grapes (instead of white), which have a high content of compounds known as oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs). The OPCs are also present in a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, including pine bark (Pycnogenol) and green tea, where, like grape seed extract, they possess potent antioxidant properties. The OPCs are chemically known as flavonoids or polyphenols, which can differ substantially based on their polymer arrangement. This extract is at least 15 to 25 times more powerful than Vitamin E in neutralizing iron and oxygen free radicals. Grapeseed is also available in oil form; most grapeseed oil is produced in Italy, with other producing nations including France, Spain, and Switzerland. Grape seed oil is extracted from grape seeds and has a relatively high smoke point, approximately 420 ?F (216 ?C), so it can be safely used to cook at high temperatures. Grape seed oil can be used for stir-fries, saut?ing and fondue. In addition to its high smoking point, grape seed oil has other positive attributes in relation to cooking.
What is the effective dosage of Grapeseed supplementation?
The effective dosage of grapeseed is 50 to 100 mg per day of an extract standardized to contain 80-90% oligomeric proanthocyanidins
What are the benefits of grape seed supplementation?
• Garpeseed is antioxidants (destroying oxygen free radicals).
• It is used as cosmetic ingredient for damaged and stressed tissues, possessing regenerative and restructuring qualities which allow a better control of skin moisturization.
• It reduces risk of atherosclerosis by reducing LDL (bad) cholesterol level.
• It has anti inflammation properties.
• It promotes the health of blood vessels.
What are the side effects of grape seed supplementation?
There are no side effects of grape seed (in any form).
• 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.