Grapes -- along with their leaves and sap -- have been traditional treatments in Europe for thousands of years. Grape seed extract is derived from the ground-up seeds of red wine grapes
Grape seed extract is a wonderful antioxidant, acting as a free radical scavenger to help reduce internal and external ageing.
Free radicals (atoms with an unpaired electron) are produced as a result of ultraviolet radiation, pollution and environmental toxins such as smoke, eating acidic foods, on top of lack of exercise, illness and stress. A chain reaction occurs when the radicals latch onto other cells, stealing nearby electrons meaning that the cell next door loses some of its electrons, therefore becoming a free radical in its own right.
Grape seed extract's antioxidant properties are
considered to be strong than those of vitamin C and vitamin E
Antioxidants are one of the first line of defense that the body employs to keep free radicals in check and prevent them damaging other cells.
Antioxidant compounds can “donate” electrons to unstable free radicals so they don’t have to snatch electrons from unsuspecting nearby cells, while also helping to repair cell damage.
Another reason why Dr Laubscher included this special nutrient-rich ingredient in THE SUPER ELIXIR Alkalising Greens and Nourishing Protein.
Other benefits of grape seed extract
- Preventing cognitive decline - Grape seed extract is very high in proanthocyanidins (oligomers of monomeric polyphenols) which may prevent cognitive decline.
- Reducing edema (swelling) - Taking grape seed extract can help reduce the swelling that occurs after an injury or surgery.
- Improving bone strength - Including grape seed extract in your diet with calcium has a "beneficial effect on bone formation and bone strength for the treatment of bone debility caused by a low level of calcium," according to research published in the Journal of Musculoskeletal & Neuronal Interactions.
Additional sources from Medical News Today.