Grape Seed Extract
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Grape Seed Extract

 In ancient Greece, grapes, grape leaves and sap were used for health purposes. Grape seed extract contains the compound oligomeric proanthocyanidin (OPC), an antioxidant that has been studied for various health conditions and is found in grape skin and seed extracts.

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›  Health benefits

Developed in the 1970s, grape seed extract is used for various conditions including to reduce inflammation and to promote wound healing. There are few studies on the effects of grape seed extract. The extract may have some heart benefits, including lowering heart rate and systolic blood pressure. There is also some evidence that it can reduce edema. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health is supporting research on the effects of grape seed extract for Alzheimer’s disease, as well as hereditary hemochromatosis. The National Cancer Institute is also supporting research on the use of the extract to prevent prostate, colon and lung cancer. Grape seed extract may be unsafe if you have a bleeding disorder, if you take anticoagulants or if you are about to undergo surgery.

›  How much do I need?

Dosage amount varies depending on age and what it is being used for. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

›  Dietary supplements

Grape seed extract can be used in capsule, tablet and liquid forms.

Source: National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements

Please consult your health care provider before making changes to your vitamin/supplement regimen.

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