Many people have wondered how a certain town in Italy has produced more septuagenarians than any other place in the world. Researchers looked into their diet and found that these men drank red wine everyday, in addition to their heart healthy diet of fresh fish and tomato-based foods.
This may be linked to other studies showing how wine-drinking populations like the French and Italians seem to live longer than their non-wine drinking counterparts. Research has also been conducted into polyphenols which are found in grapes, and consequently red wine.
The active ingredient in grapes that has been singled out as responsible for the potency of wine and grape juice is grapeseed extract, a nutrient that is obtained from the seed of grapes.
As an antioxidant, grapeseed extract is many times more powerful than Vitamin C, E and beta carotene. Known and marketed in capsule or tablet form simply as grapeseed extract, this antioxidant boasts of a variety of life-saving benefits:
While those who habitually consume red wine may reap the benefits of grapeseed extract, health professionals do not advise non-alcohol drinkers to start drinking wine now. Grapeseed extract is usually incorporated into a nutritional plan in the form of dietary supplements that are commercially available. The following are some of its common uses:
Grapeseed extract is available over the counter. But before incorporating new or additional supplements to your diet, it is still best to seek the advice of a qualified health professional who can tell you if a grapeseed extract supplement will complement your current medication and the right dosage for your purposes.
Adding grapeseed extract, for example, while taking a blood thinner, may cause excessive bleeding. Some users have also reported mild side effects such as headache, dizziness, nausea, and dry and itchy scalp.