The Secret Grape Compound that Makes Your Body Age-Proof (and it’s NOT Resveratrol)Chances are you’ve heard about the health benefits of red wine, which is rich in a polyphenol called resveratrol. But did you know that there’s another part of the grape plant that also delivers some remarkable health benefits? It’s grape seed extract, and this tiny dynamo has been shown to improve immunity, promote artery health, support your blood pressure and help your skin look younger, too.
50x More Powerful than Vitamin CGrape seed extract is packed with flavonoids known as oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes (OPC). OPCs are among the most potent antioxidants on the planet. Lab analysis shows that OPC’s have 20x more antioxidant power than vitamin E and 50x times more than vitamin C. As a result, OPCs in grape seed can help shield the body from age-robbing free radical damage and oxidative stress, and can help you enjoy a longer, healthier life.
Natural Anti-Microbial and Immune-BoosterNot only do the OPCs inside grape seed extract kill off free radicals with the efficiency of a Delta Task Force, but are also anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti- just about anything else you can think of. It’s a powerful immune-booster, too: Research suggests that grape seed extract helps activate Th1 cells, immune cells that help fight viruses and bacteria.1
Promotes healthy blood pressureAdditionally, the mighty grape seed antioxidants have a protective effect on blood vessels, which may keep high blood pressure in check. According to a study of 24 overweight heart patients conducted by the University of California Davis, the group taking grape seed extract saw their systolic number drop by 12 points, and a drop of diastolic pressure of 8 points compared to those taking the placebo.2 In another 4-month study, patients taking a patented form of grape seed extract called Enovita experienced healthier overall blood pressure levels.3 (You’ll find Enovita® grape seed extract in Cardio Defender®)
Smoother, Younger-Looking SkinThe polyphenols in grape seed extract help increase collagen production. Collagen is a protein that’s a major component of skin, joints, teeth and hair. It also keeps skin cells healthy and boosts the elasticity of your skin, making it look younger and smoother. According to a study published in Phytotherapy Research, grape seed extract helps protect against hyper pigmentation or brown blotches on the skin caused by sun damage.4 You can find grape seed extract in liquid form or in capsules and tablets. When shopping for a grape seed supplement, be sure to choose one that contains at least 90% proanthocyanins. As with any new supplement, it’s wise to touch base first with a trusted health care professional to determine if it’s the best choice for you.
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