Grape Seed Extract
What is Grape Seed Extract?
Grapes are the fruit of a vine (Vitis vinifera). The whole fruit, skin, leaves and seed of the grape plant are used as medicine. Grape seeds are by-products of the manufacturing of wine. Be careful not to confuse grape with grapefruit, and other similar sounding medicines.
Grape is used for preventing diseases of the heart and blood vessels, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), high blood pressure, swelling after injury or surgery, heart attack, and stroke.
Some people also use grape as a mild laxative for constipation. You have probably heard of grape “fasts” as part of “detoxification.”
Grape seed is used for diabetes complications such as nerve and eye problems, improving wound healing, preventing tooth decay, preventing cancer, an eye disease called age-related macular degeneration (AMD), poor night vision, liver disorders, and hay fever.
Dried grapes, raisins, or sultanas (white raisins) are used for cough.
Grape leaf is used for attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), diarrhea, heavy menstrual bleeding, uterine bleeding, and canker sores.
Grape leaf is used as a food, particularly in Greek cooking.
What is Grape Seed Extract Possibly Effective for?
Circulation problems, such as poor blood flow in the legs (chronic venous insufficiency) that can cause the legs to swell. Taking grape seed extract seems to reduce symptoms such as tired or heavy legs, tension, and tingling and pain.
Decreasing eye stress from glare.
Preventing heart disease. There is some evidence drinking grape juice or red wine might help to prevent heart disease.
High blood pressure. Early research suggests that grape seed does not have a significant effect on blood pressure in people with high blood pressure.
• Poor night vision. Preliminary research suggests grape seed extract containing chemicals called proanthocyanidins might improve night vision.
• Treating varicose veins.
• Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
• Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
• Heavy menstrual periods.
• Age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
• Canker sores.
• Liver damage.
• High cholesterol levels.