Like the wine that's made from them, grapes are rich in antioxidants. In particular, the outer coating of grape seeds is rich in compounds called oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs), which have exceptional free radical-fighting properties.
The antioxidant oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCS) found in grape seeds help protect blood vessels and cholesterol molecules from FREE RADICAL DAMAGE. They have powerful protective effects on blood vessel integrity, and are specifically indicated for people with VARICOSE VEINS, BRUISING, slow-healing WOUNDS and other CIRCULATORY PROBLEMS.
For these types of conditions, and to provide overall blood vessel support, grape seed is often taken with other circulatory stimulant herbs such as hawthorn, Ginkgo, Ginger, cayenne, Bilberry and Gotu kola.
Additionally, grape seed may help relieve symptoms of premenstrual fluid retention and heaviness of the legs when taken over at least four menstrual cycles. In these circumstances it is sometimes taken with nutrients such as zinc (which supports hormonal balance) and vitamin E (which may help relieve some premenstrual symptoms). The inclusion of Green tea, Hawthorn and Garlic means that this combination of ingredients may have additional benefit for HEART HEALTH, high cholesterol and HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.
Grape seed is sometimes incorporated into a multi-herbal tonic that works synergistically to support the functioning of all the body organs. Other herbs that are typically included in a blend like this include remedies for the digestive system (e.g. Globe artichoke and Ginger), immune system (astragalus and echinacea), cardiovascular system (ginkgo and hawthorn), and nervous system (Siberian ginseng and Gotu kola).
- To help prevent FREE RADICAL DAMAGE and support heart and blood vessel health, take 1-4g grape seed per day, with other antioxidant-containing herbs, such as hawthorn, Garlic, Green tea and Bilberry
- Alternatively, take a tonic providing 1.8g of grape seed per day, along with other herbs that support the health and vitality of the whole body
- High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other cardiovascular problems are serious conditions requiring medical management. If you suffer from any of these conditions, do not take grape seed without prior consultation with your doctor
- Do not take grape seed at the same time as mineral supplements; separate the dosage by several hours
- Consult your medical practitioner prior to taking herbs during pregnancy or breastfeeding