Humans have used grapes since the dawn of history. The vitis vinifera, commonly known as the grape vine, produces fruits from which wine is made. The seeds of the grape possess nutritional value that many cultures have appreciated since ancient times. Many consumers are starting to learn the health benefits of grape seeds and to demand them in the products they eat, drink and use.
Most of the beneficial properties of the grape come from the seed. Like many fruit seeds, the seeds of the grape are not typically eaten. Nature gave them a bitter taste along with being hard. These are the reasons we spit them out. However, grape seeds are digestible and lose the bitterness when ground into a powder. Grape seed powder can be added to food directly, used in cooking and baking, diluted in water or other drinks, or used as an ingredient in a more complex product.
It Helps Fight Cancer.
Grape seed powder contains oligomeric proanthocyanides, usually abbreviated as OPCs. OPCs are present in grape seed powder in highly concentrated amounts and studies have shown them to have excellent cancer fighting effects.
It Protects Against Inflammation and Infection.
In addition to cancer-fighting properties, OPC’s also serve as powerful natural antibiotics. Studies have shown that grape seed powder is more effective at fighting diseases than vitamin C.
It Helps Prevent Premature Aging.
Like many of our products, grape seed powder delays the aging of the skin. In addition to eliminating free radicals, a major contributing factor in aging, grape seed powder keeps the skin smooth and stimulates hair follicles.
It Reduces the Risk of Heart Disease.
Studies have shown that grape seed powder enhances the cardiovascular system by improving blood circulation. In addition to helping eliminate varicose veins, grape seed powder may prevent blocking and hardening of the arteries and veins.
Grape seed powder can be used right out of the package in food and drink recipes, or it can be used as an additive in other products, such as protein powders, dietary supplements, functional foods and drinks, and sports nutrition.