Grape Seed Extract: Benefits, Side Effects, Interactions & More

Grape Seed Extract
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About Grape Seed Extract

Many people eat grapes as part of a well-balanced diet. They know that grapes are good for the body and have many health benefits. Many people do not know that grape seed extract has been used for a number of years in different medical treatments. The entire grape can be consumed from the flesh to the leaves to the sap. The seed is ground up and the extract is taken out. The grape seed extract is then used for different medical applications.

Origin of Grape Seed Extract

Grape seed extract has been used for many years in Europe. In fact, the medical use of this extract dates back thousands of years. Grape seed extract was used to treat* everything from the common cold to digestive problems.

Health Benefits of Grape Seed Extract

Grape seed extract has been shown to help a person suffering from a number of different cardiovascular conditions. It is said this extract will improve* flow and circulation of the blood, and will help lower cholesterol levels. If a person is injured, the extract will help reduce* the swelling. This extract is also said to help people with eye troubles due to complications from diabetes. Grape seed extract also contains a high number of antioxidants. People take supplements with this extract to help prevent illnesses and help protect their cells. Research is being conducted to see if grape seed extract can help prevent certain types of cancers. This extract has also been applied to the skin to help with cuts. It is also said to help prevent wrinkles and reduce* the signs of damage from the sun.

Health Benefits Of Grape Seed Extract

Side Effects of Grape Seed Extract

While grape seed extract is considered to be safe, there may be some side effects. Mild side effects from this extract include headache, itchy scalp, and some dizziness. If a person is experiencing any of these conditions they should use this supplement in smaller doses. If people are allergic to grapes, they should not take supplements that contain grape seed oil. If a person has a bleeding disorder, they should speak to a medical professional before using grape seed extract. This extract is not recommended for women that are pregnant or nursing. Children should not take this supplement or the extract, but it is perfectly safe for them to consume the fleshy part of the grape or grape juice.

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Recommended Dosage for Grape Seed Extract

There no set amount of grape seed extract that a person should take. It is suggested that a person consume between 100 and 300 milligrams per day. If a person has a side effect they should consume a smaller amount of the extract. A person can also eat some grapes to supplement the effects of the extract.

Use of Grape Seed Extract in Supplement

Grape seed extract has been used in a number of supplements. This extract is used in weight loss* products as well as a preventative health supplement to keep a person from getting sick. When purchasing products that contain grape seed extract be sure to research the company that makes the supplements. Make sure the product really used grape seed oil and is not filled with binding and filler products.

Grape Seed Extract Interactions

Grape seed extract is safe for many people to consume. Before taking this extract be sure to speak to a doctor or other healthcare professionals to make sure this extract does not have a negative interaction with other medications. The extract will reduce* the effectiveness of blood thinner, NSAID painkillers such as aspirin, specific heart medications, and cancer treatments. If a person is not feeling well when using grape seed extract they should stop taking it until they speak with their health care provider to make sure it is safe.

Grape seed extract has many health benefits and is one of the safest supplements to take. Even though this supplement has been shown to be safe a person still needs to speak to their doctor before use. Grapes contain antioxidants that can help prevent certain sicknesses. Grape seed extract has been used in history to help prevent cancers, and improve* blood circulation in the body. The entire grape has been used for health benefits including the flesh, extract, and even the juice of this fruit. Grapes are available year round as well as the extract. This extract can help a person stay healthy and active.

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Expert Author : Emily Clark (Consumer Health Digest)

Emily Clark is a medical writer with years of experience. She can be found residing in Maywood, Illinois, researching and writing on recent advances in medicine.