Grape seed extract is a rich source of a certain type of plant flavonoids, the proanthocyanidins. These flavonoids are also knows as CPCs or PCOs.
The type of flavonoids present in grape seed extract are thought to function as powerful antioxidants, protecting tissues, glands and organs throughout the body from the deleterious effects of free radical damage. In addition, these flavonoids have an ability to strengthen collagen. This explains its value in enhancing the integrity of skin, blood vessels and connecting tissue. It exerts an anti-inflammatory action, perhaps by inhibiting the release of pro- inflammatory prostoglandins. There is also compelling evidence that the proanthocyanidins in grape seed have anticarcinogenic activity.
There are two types of supplements available that are rich in OPCs. One is grape seed extract and the other is a trademarked product called Pycnogenol, which is derived from pine bark. Grape seed extract contains between 92 and 95 percent PCO while the Pycnogenol products contain only 80 to 85 percent PCO.
Products containing PCO flavonoids are considered by many to be some of the most valuable and inclusive antioxidants available and should be part of any comprehensive suppplement program.
INDICATIONS: vision problems, anti-aging, arthritis, cancer, allergies, cardiovascular disease, cataracts, macular degeneration, night blindness, retinopathy, sports injuries, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency.
From “The Best Supplements For Your Health”, by Donald P. Goldberg, R. Ph.; Arnold Gitomer, R. Ph., and Robert Abel, Jr., M.D.
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