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Scientific name: Vitis vinifera
Other names: Grapeseed, muskat , oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes (OPC) , proanthocyanidin , procyanidolic oligomers
Part used: Seeds
Origins & Properties
It is believed that the origin of the grapes grown in Europe is in the Caspian Sea region. The seed dispersal by birds, wind, and water spread the plant westward to the Asian shores of the Mediterranean.
It has anti-sclerotic effects; lipoprotein oxidation of low density (LDL) by free radicals is associated with the initiation of atherosclerosis. The active ingredients of the grape reduce the formation of this lipoprotein.
The leaves have venotonic, vasoprotective, astringent, and diuretic effects.
Grapes contain the potent antioxidant vitamin C and various flavonoids. They also contain proanthocyanidins, which are bioflavonoids that can be up to 50 times greater than beta-carotene or vitamins C and E at ridding our bodies of free radicals. The seeds oil is hypolipidemic, prevents the increase of vascular permeability.
- Regulate blood pressure: Helps in regulating blood pressure and lowering cholesterol levels
- Healing: Reduces swelling caused by injury and speeding the healing of wounds
- Eye: Helps with eye disease related to diabetes
- Skin: Improves the appearance of the skin
- Muscles: Prevents muscle damage
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