You might not like them so much when you chomp down on one, but they might be the healthiest part of a grape, and there’s no denying the benefits of grape seeds for weight loss and your overall health.
Best consumed as grape seed extract, the heart of the many benefits it delivers are its powerful antioxidants.
What is Oxidation & Why is it Harmful to Us?
Despite the fact that we need to breathe it in every few seconds to continue living, oxygen can be damaging in other circumstances, at least in combination with other compounds. A simple example is rust, which is produced by moisture and oxygen on metal. Rust is considered metal that’s been oxidized.
When the cells in your body become oxidized, they can be damaged too (just to be clear, oxidation of your cells doesn’t happen when you breathe. So breathe easy!). The damage can lead to a wide range of health issues including everything from insomnia and anxiety, to diabetes and cancer.
Among other causes, oxidation can happen when we are stressed, when our bodies use glucose for energy, when our immune systems are fighting off bacteria, and when our bodies must detoxify things like pollutants in the air we breathe, pesticides and cigarette smoke.
How Grape Seed Extract Battles Oxidation
Antioxidants literally stop the chain reaction that leads to the oxidation of cells. In other words, antioxidants keep cells undamaged, healthy and working properly.
Grape seed extract is LOADED with antioxidants. How many?
-20 times more than vitamin C
-50 times more than vitamin E
-100 times more than green tea
Health Benefits of Grape Seed Extract
All those powerful antioxidants help eliminate so much cell oxidation, the list of the health benefits that you can enjoy is very long, including the following:
The oxidation of skin cells weakens your skin, makes it less elastic and more susceptible to wrinkling and cracking. The antioxidants in grape seed extract helps to restore your skin’s healthy appearance, reduces wrinkling and makes your skin stronger.
Grape seed extract delivers high enough quantities of antioxidants to lower the levels of bad cholesterols in your body, which helps reduce your risk of heart attack, heart disease and stroke.
Improves Weight Loss
In addition to its antioxidant properties, grape seed extract has been shown to inhibit fat deposits and reduce the absorption of fat from our diets. With the energy boost it provides, the extract can pump up your metabolic rate, which helps you burn more calories.
Strengthens Your Immune System
In addition to its own immune-system-boosting properties, grape seed extract also stimulates the vitamin C already in the body.
Boosts Brain Power
Compounds found in grape seed extract have been linked to improved concentration, memory and mood.
The nutritional consultants at your local Herbal One Centre can help you learn more about how grape seed extract and the antioxidants it contains can help you lose weight and improve your overall health.