Some people find grape seeds to have a bitter taste. Although maybe not the most, there are various benefits of grape seeds that you can get when consuming them.
Ground grape seeds are used to make grape seed oil and grape seed extract, which have become quite popular health foods.
Grape seed extract is an industrial derivative of grape seeds. It is rich in antioxidants and oligomeric proanthocyanidin and can provide benefits for overall body health.
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So, what are the benefits of grape seeds that you might get when you consume them? Come on, take a look below.
1. Healing wounds
Grape seed extract has the potential to increase the speed of wound healing. A study published in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine applied proanthocyanidin extract to wounds on the backs of mice.
They found that those mice treated with this solution had faster healing times.
2. Increases bone strength
Including grape seed extract in foods with calcium has a beneficial effect on bone formation and strength for the treatment of bone weakness caused by low calcium levels.
3. Prevents Skin Cancer
Grape seeds contain proanthocyanidin which can prevent the development of cancer. A study published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research found that grape seeds have properties that can reduce the severity of skin cancer.
4. Cardiovascular benefits
The antioxidants in grape seed extract have the potential to protect blood vessels from being damaged, thereby preventing high blood pressure.
According to research published in the journal Mutation Research/Fundamental and Molecular Mechanisms of Mutagenesis, grape seed proanthocyanidin extract provides superior antioxidant efficacy compared to vitamins C, E, and Beta-carotene.
5. Prevents Cognitive Decline
Launching from the Medical News Today page, grape seed extract contains very high levels of proanthocyanidin and is believed by some people to prevent cognitive decline.
A study identified the important role of grape seed proanthocyanidin extract as a neuroprotectant in the hippocampus and preventing cognitive loss with age.
6. Reduces Diabetes
There is some evidence to suggest that grape seed extract may benefit people with diabetes. A 2020 review of 15 small studies found that grape seeds lowered fasting blood sugar, but did not affect hemoglobin A1c, a more accurate, long-term measure of blood sugar levels.
7. Protects the Heart
The liver plays an important role in detoxifying harmful substances that enter the body through drugs, viral infections, pollutants, alcohol, and much more.
Grape seed extract is believed to have protective effects against drug-induced toxicity and damage. However, more research is still needed.
8. Inhibits the growth of infection
Grape seeds have effective anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Research has shown that grape seed extract inhibits the growth of common food-borne bacteria, including campylobacter and E. coli, both of which often cause severe food poisoning and stomach upset.
9. Improves Kidney Function
The kidneys are highly susceptible to oxidative damage, which is often irreversible. Animal studies have shown that grape seeds can reduce kidney damage and improve function by reducing oxidative stress and inflammatory damage.
So, those are some of the benefits of grape seeds that you can get. Hopefully this is useful, yes, Mother.
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