The healing power of grape seeds

Grape seeds are somewhat bitter and many people find it unpleasant to spit out or chew. That’s why there are a lot of seedless grapes on the shelves these days. That in itself is unfortunate for your health, because biting a piece every now and then is super healthy. Grape seeds are the basis for many medicines, including regular medicines. In phytotherapy, preparations and extracts are made based on grape seeds. It contains substances that contain more antioxidants than vitamin C. Please note! This article is written from the personal view of the author and may contain information that is not scientifically substantiated and/or in line with the general view.

Botanical drawing of vine / Source: Franz Eugen Köhler, Köhler’s Medizinal-Pflanzen, Wikimedia Commons (Public domain)

Contents:

  • Eating grapes
  • Active substances grape seeds
  • Grape seeds
  • Grape seeds, good for the eyes
  • Grape seeds, good for the skin
  • Grape seeds as a preventive against serious diseases
  • Consult a herbal therapist

 

Eating grapes

The nutritional value of grapes is undoubtedly excellent. You can eat the leaves of the grape bush; In Turkey they are used as casings for dolmas, but you could also cook them and mix them with a vegetable mix. The pomace that remains after pressing grapes can be added to a homemade muesli. But what do you do with the kernels? You can eat these, but they don’t taste particularly good. That is why extracts were made and why there is grape seed oil.

Active substances grape seeds

Grape seeds contain OPCs or Oligomeric ProanthoCyanides in the form of oligomers and the monomers catechin and epicatechin. Furthermore, it contains anthocyanins such as 3-O-glycosides of cyanidin, peonidin, malvidin and delphinidin. It contains the following oils: linoleic acid, stearic acid, oleic acid, palmitic acids, squalene, protein and tannins.

Grape seeds

Grape seeds are a tonic for the blood vessels, capillaries and more specifically for the vessel walls. They reduce the permeability of the capillaries. Permeability means permeability; the vessel walls become firmer so that less blood seeps out. The connective tissue of the blood vessels is strengthened. This is due to the antioxidant effect of grape seeds. In addition, it promotes blood circulation in the normal veins. Furthermore, it is a natural blood thinner because grape seeds prevent platelets from sticking together. Because less LDL cholesterol is converted into oxycholesterol, grape seeds prevent arteriosclerosis. LDL cholesterol in itself is not bad, but it is the possible conversion into oxycholesterol, or oxidized cholesterol on the blood vessel walls, which can directly lead to atherosclerosis and in the long run to cardiovascular disease. Due to this impressive range of medicinal properties, grape seed can be prescribed for:

  • Varicose veins,
  • Hemorrhoids,
  • lymphedema,
  • Peripheral circulation disorders such as claudication, cold hands and feet, calf cramps,
  • Grape seed oil / Source: Véronique PAGNIER, Wikimedia Commons (Public domain)

Prevention and adjuvant for phlebitis or phlebitis and thrombosis,

  • Brittle capillaries, weak capillaries, rosacea,
  • Bruises, bruises,
  • Prevention of arteriosclerosis and cardiovascular disease,
  • Blood vessel degeneration,
  • Kidney damage,
  • Prevention of migraines,
  • Tissue swelling after surgery or trauma, surgical recovery,
  • Pelvic congestion, premenstrual fluid retention,
  • Excessive menstrual bleeding,
  • Abnormal menopausal bleeding.

 

Grape seeds, good for the eyes

Because the capillaries are protected, blood flow in the retina is improved. This reduces the risk of retinal diseases. All kinds of eye conditions can be caused by the capillaries not being strong enough or because the blood is not thin enough to flow freely through the capillaries. Due to its positive medicinal properties for the eyes, grape seeds are recommended by herbalists for the following indications:

  • Retinal degeneration,
  • Glaucoma or eyeball hypersensitivity,
  • Reduced vision,
  • Eye strain,
  • Reduced blood circulation in iris,
  • Prevention of diabetic retinal disease,

 

Grape seeds, good for the skin

Proanthocyanides are a type of flavonoids with a stronger antioxidant effect than vitamin C or E, the most powerful antioxidants among vitamins. The antioxidant effect ensures that free radicals are neutralized and eliminated more efficiently. In addition, the connective tissue is protected against destructive enzymes such as elastase and hyaluronidase. Other substances that can facilitate inflammation such as histamine, proteases, leukotrienes and prostagladins are also counteracted by the antioxidants in grape seeds. Due to these medicinal effects, phytotherapists can use grape seeds for the following indications:

  • Prevention of premature signs of old age,
  • Protection of the skin against aging,
  • Protection skin against sun,
  • Adjuvant for connective tissue diseases such as scleroderma,

 

For information about the medicinal properties of grapes, grape leaves and grape marc, read the article: The medicinal properties of the vine.

 

Grape seeds as a preventive against serious diseases

The antioxidant effect is quite general and is not limited to one part of the body. That is why grape seed extracts are used preventively for diseases that require a lot of antioxidant activity. It is also used as an adjuvant for diseases. An adjuvant is a substance that supports the effect of other medicinal plants. Adjuvants are only given in combination with other herbal medicines. Due to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, herbal therapists can prescribe grape seeds for:

  • Prevention of chronic degenerative diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Cancer prevention,
  • Diet during chemotherapy; it reduces side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy,
  • Reduces the harmful effects of cigarette smoke and environmental toxins,
  • Adjuvant for asthma and allergies because it reduces histamine release.

 

Consult a herbal therapist

Anyone who wants to use grape seeds as a medicinal product is recommended to consult a herbal therapist. Grape seed extracts and medicines in the form of mother tincture, powder, dried herb, liquid extract or decoction should only be used on the prescription of authorized persons. A herbal therapist can tell you more about this, as well as about possible side effects and interactions with other medicines or herbs. There are also beneficial combinations with herbs. Some herbs can enhance each other’s effects; that’s called synergy. All medicinal effects of this medicinal herb mentioned in this article are based on scientific research and come from Geert Verhelst’s Large Handbook of Medicinal Plants, a standard work in the field of healing plants. The book is used in phytotherapy.

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