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Grape Seed – Protects from Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes, And More!

Written by Wellness Club on October 2, 2008 – 4:41 pm -

Grape Seed Extract and Pycnogenol®, the trademarked name for the Oligomeric proanthocyanidins found in Grape Seed has been important around here over the last couple of weeks – first because of Lavine’s question in this issue of HealthBeat News, and also because we received a letter from a high-priced New York law firm telling us that the once-generic term Pycnogenol is now a trademarked name that mustn’t be used without appropriate care and credit to the trademark holder Horphag Overseas Ltd., and referring specifically to their brand of maritime pine extract.

Well, those two events, and several other patients of Dr. Myatt’s with serious conditions have prompted some in-depth research into Pycnogenol® and the Oligomeric proanthocyanidins found in Grape Seed. The results of that research caused us to update our webpage on Grape Seed Extract where you may also find over 50 scientific references to the value of this substance – including the first reference which also explains how the generic term pycnogenol became the trademarked term Pycnogenol®.

Protect Yourself From Cancer, Heart Disease, and Diabetes with One of Nature’s Most Potent Antioxidants

Oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPC’s), found in many plants but primarily in grape seed extract and pine bark, is a potent antioxidant with 50 times more antioxidant power than vitamin E and 20 times more than vitamin C. Grape Seed Extract has more of the active ingredient, proanthocyanidins, than Pycnogenol® extracted from pine bark.

Studies performed over the last 25 years have demonstrated that OPC’s exert the following effects.

Grape Seed Extract (OPC’s) may prevent heart disease through a variety of mechanisms including :

  • potent antioxidant effects
  • vaso-relaxant effects (relaxes blood vessels)
  • decreasing platelet “stickiness”
  • protects again myocardial reperfusion injury
  • limits LDL oxidation
  • improves microcirculation
  • anti-inflammatory effects
  • strengthens blood vessels (useful in chronic venous insufficiency)
  • Grape Seed Extract (OPC’s) may be useful in both cancer prevention and treatment because of its antioxidant effects

  • help prevent cancerous cellular changes
  • anti-carcinogenic and chemoprotective effects
  • inducing apoptosis in cancer cells (cell death)
  • decreasing toxicity of many cancer drugs
  • potentiates (increases) the effect of some cancer drugs while decreasing toxicity
  • Because OPC’s help strengthen collagen which may increase elasticity of skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments many people take grape seed extract as part of their skin rejuvenation program.

    Grape Seed Extract has anti-histamine properties (it stabilizes the release of histamine from mast cells). Grape seed extract can be used like an antihistamine but without any of the typical drug-antihistamine side effects such as drowsiness.

    Because of its many actions, Grape seed extract (OPC’s) may also be useful for:

  • arthritis (anti-inflammatory and collagen strengthening)
  • respiratory allergies (antihistamine)
  • food allergies (antihistamine)
  • ADHD (many cases are allergy-related)
  • longevity and rejuvenation programs (blood viscosity and collagen-strengthening effects)
  • Please be sure to see the fully referenced version of this article!

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