Grape Skin

Used In: Classic - Immune - Focus

Human case reports and results from laboratory and animal studies show that grape seed extract may be useful to treat heart diseases such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

By limiting lipid oxidation, phenolics in grape seeds may reduce the risk of heart disease, such as by inhibiting platelet aggregation and reducing inflammation.

A polyphenol contained in grape seeds is resveratrol which may interfere with cancer cell growth and proliferation, as well as induce apoptosis, among a variety of potential chemopreventive effects.

Preliminary research shows that grape seed extract may have other possible anti-disease properties, such as in:

  • Wound healing - grape seed proanthocyanidins induce the vascular endothelial growth factor and accelerated healing of injured skin in mice.
  • Tooth decay - seed phenolics may inhibit oral sugar metabolism and retard growth of certain bacteria causing dental caries.
  • Osteoporosis - grape seed extracts enhance bone density and strength in experimental animals.
  • Skin cancer - grape seed proanthocyanidins decrease tumor numbers and reduce the malignancy of papillomas.
  • Ultraviolet damage to skin - dietary proanthocyanidins may protect against carcinogenesis and provide supplementation for protection against the sun.