Grape seed and grape extracts are nutrient-rich grape (Vitis vinifera) products used to promote health and well-being. Grapes have been valued since the beginning of recorded history by civilizations around the globe. While the sweet flavor of grapes has been long celebrated in an array of food and drinks, the fruit has also been favored for its versatile health applications. The fruit’s seed and skin, and to a lesser extent its flesh, supply notable amounts of vitamin E, linoleic acid (an omega-6 fatty acid), and antioxidant flavonoids and oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes (OPCs). These compounds are associated with a wide array of wellness benefits.**
Science has confirmed that the polyphenols present in grapes are high in antioxidant activity that counters oxidative stress and fights cellular aging.** This antioxidant activity is also tied to the fruit extract’s ability to support the immune system, an activity that accounts for many of its health-promoting properties.**
Research has suggested that grape extract maintains optimal cardiovascular wellness through various biological actions: It upholds healthy blood pressure levels already within normal range, helps keep arteries supple and flexible, and promotes free-flowing circulation.** According to early scientific investigations, the fruit’s compounds may assist in maintaining ideal blood sugar and cholesterol levels already within normal range.** The extract’s antioxidant and immune-supportive properties also contribute to healthy overall function of the entire cardiovascular system.**
Further studies have found that grapeseed may support cognitive, respiratory and immune function.** This soothing attribute of grape extract has also been researched for its ability to support healthy skin.** Grape seed's botanical nutrients may also hold the potential to promote healthy aging.**
Grape Seed/Grape Extract Products
Grape supplements are available as grapeseed extract, fruit extract and red wine extract. Since grapes are commonly sold in seedless varieties, grapeseed supplements are one effective way to ensure optimal intake of the fruit’s most beneficial nutrients. Supplements are presented in various forms, including capsules, tablets and liquids. The extract may be included in antioxidant formulas along with green tea and pine bark. Some skin-care lotions and creams feature the extract, due to its anti-aging activity.**
Grape Seed/Grape Extract Directions for Use
Talk to a health care provider before adding any new nutritional supplements to your wellness regimen. Though a recommended dose has not been established, capsules are typically presented in amounts between 100 mg and 500 mg.