grape seed oil extract

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Jane

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Hello everyone, hope you all survived the lovely spring weekend we just had!
the speech pathologist told us that one of his clients used grape seed oil extract and found it really help with mucous in the throat. has anyone tried this? did it help?
sis is using peg tube more often now and is quite tired all the time. legs are really bad and arms are close behind.
take care and thanks for any info you might have to share.

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Hi jane. i've seen people on otHer forums using grape seed but i didn't know wHat it was for. just tHougHt it was one tHat Helps witH tHe free radicals and all tHat fancy cHemical stuff. migHt be a good idea to ask pals mike on tHe cdnpals.ca website. He's really up on tHe supplement tHing. He migHt Have some info for you.

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Hope this helps...;)

as its name implies, grape seed extract is derived from the small seeds (and occasionally the skins) of red grapes--the same kind that are pressed to make wine. used extensively in europe, grape seed extract is rich in flavonoids, phytochemicals that have antioxidant properties some consider even greater than the old standbys vitamin c and vitamin e. antioxidants are believed to prevent and control numerous ailments by safeguarding cells against the ravages of unstable oxygen molecules called free radicals.

the most valuable flavonoids in grape seed extract are procyanidolic oligomers (also known as proanthocyanidins), commonly called pcos. beyond their antioxidant powers, pcos are thought to improve blood circulation and help strengthen blood vessels. these actions benefit people with heart disease and cancer.

an alternative source for pcos is pycnogenol (pik-nodge-en-all), the brand name for a pco derived from the bark of the maritime pine. experts compare its health benefits to those of grape seed extract, and in fact many research studies examining the therapeutic effects of pcos have relied on the use of pycnogenol. it's more expensive than grape seed extract, however.

health benefits

european doctors prescribe pco-containing drugs for various vascular (vessel) disorders that are likely to benefit from increased blood flow, such as diabetes, leg cramps, varicose veins, arm and leg numbness or tingling and even impotence. macular degeneration and cataracts--vision-robbers of the elderly--may also improve by means of the extract's effects on circulation.

disorders such as endometriosis, which are affected by the release of hormone-like substances called prostaglandins, may benefit from the extract's ability to block the release of this pain- and inflammation-causing chemical. grape seed extract effectively penetrates cell membranes throughout the body with its antioxidant properties. it can even cross into the brain (traversing the blood-brain barrier) to protect brain cells from free-radical damage.

as an ingredient in facial creams, the extract may help maintain skin elasticity; many european skin creams feature grape seed extract for this purpose.
 
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