Grape Seed Extract Does Much More than Support Good Prostate Health
Grape seed extract is one of the most commonly used dietary ingredients in the U.S. because of its numerous health benefits.
Grape seed extract is rich in bioflavonoids called Proanthocyanidins, which have extraordinary antioxidant potency. Proanthocyanidins are strong free radical scavengers and are also known to exert a wide spectrum of biological, pharmacological, and therapeutic activities.
Grape seed extract is 20 times more powerful than Vitamin C and 50 times more powerful than Vitamin E in laboratory ORAC tests that measure their potency at quenching free radicals. The antioxidant value of Grape Seed extract is measured at 108,130 units compared to Vitamin C’s measure of 5,406 and Vitamin E’s value of 2,163.
Grape seed lowers inflammatory markers in the blood and helps prevent NfkB, the master regulator of inflammation from being transported to the nucleus where it triggers the inflammatory cascade. Grape seed is also a COX-2 inhibitor like ibuprofen and aspirin, without the ulcer-producing effects of NSAID’s (Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs).
One mechanism of Grape seed extract’s health benefits is that it lowers a key liver drug metabolizing enzyme, P4502E1, that converts non-toxic compounds into toxic compounds. The other key components of Grape seed extract are gallic acid, catechin and epicatechin which are all highly available in the body.
Another health benefit of Grape seed is its ability to restore antioxidant enzymes, catalase and S.O.D. in the liver and other organs when they are depleted during periods of oxidative stress.
Oxidative stress is the imbalance between the body’s antioxidant enzymes and free radical levels.
A human clinical trial was conducted on persons with high cholesterol levels. Grape seed supplementation significantly reduced their levels of oxidized LDL-Cholesterol, a biomarker of poor cardiovascular health. Oxidized LDL-Cholesterol is the earliest event in the formation of foam cells on artery walls that eventually leads to calcification.
For over 20 years a variety of animal studies has shown that Grape seed extract has healthy cardioprotective properties. Further human clinical trials show that Grape seed extract:
- Raises the total antioxidant capacity of the blood.
- Lowers inflammatory markers.
- Supports healthy blood pressure already within normal ranges.
- Helps raise HDL-(good)-Cholesterol levels.
- Improves insulin sensitivity.
Prostate Support Effects of Grape Seed Extract
Grape seed extract helps lower the inflammatory MMP’s in prostate cells. MMP’s (matrix metalloproteinases) are inflammatory enzymes that are one of the driving forces in prostate inflammation.
Grape seed extract also supports the digestion and elimination of oxidized, unwanted proteins that build up in prostate cells. Autophagy is the name of this housecleaning process and Grape seed accelerates this process.
Grape seed extract has dual and opposing effects that support prostate cell health – it protects healthy cells against free radicals but raises free radical levels in unhealthy cells.
Grape seed extract does much more than support good prostate health – it protects artery cells from free radical damage, helps block LDL-(bad)-Cholesterol oxidation, raises the total antioxidant capacity of the blood, lowers insulin resistance, and demonstrates a variety of other health benefits in numerous human clinical trials.