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Grape Seed Extract & Red Wine

Friday, June 02, 2017

Grape seed extract is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory member of the specific flavonoid group called proanthocyanidins. 

While grape seed extract demonstrates specific benefits of its own, its primary contribution to an antioxidant compound would have to be its ability to support other antioxidants, thereby enhancing their potential.

There has been a debate for some time over which members of this group are better than others. The truth is that all proanthocyanidins, including dark berries, pine bark and grape seeds contribute to full body health. The major difference being the concentration. We include grape seed extract in our multiples since it's  proanthocyanidin potency is very high, and it appropriately enhances other proanthocyanidin potential, as well as micronutrient activity. 

The earliest indication that something in the grape might be of benefit to human health came from the French. Researchers often pondered as to how the French, who consume very rich, high fatty foods, could have such a low incidence of heart disease.

What was special about the French, or their diet, which precluded an epidemic problem in many other areas of the world?

The answer is red wine!

Now, I realize that many people will question why we are promoting an alcoholic beverage as healthy. Sorry folks, the facts stand as they are.

Obviously, if you have a biochemical problem with alcohol, you must avoid red wine. Otherwise, two glasses of red wine per day for men and one glass for women, maintains heart health more than a daily aspirin.

This has been duplicated in many major clinical studies.

People often ask if grape juice will produce the same effect. The answer is yes but not nearly to the same degree. The small amount of alcohol in the wine greatly increases the extraction of the proanthocyanidins from the grape. Further, the alcohol helps to calm the system and relax the arteries.

In just one of the many studies on the benefits of red wine published in the Journal of Epidemiology, researcher found that after studying 24,000 middle-aged men, there was a 35 percent reduction in cardiac events and a 24 percent reduction in malignancies when two glasses of red wine were ingested on a daily basis.

What about drinking white wine? There are certainly antioxidants present in white wine but not as many as found in the red varieties. This is important because red wine proanthocyanidins are potent antioxidants and free radical scavengers with the ability to cross the eye, blood-brain barrier to help scavenge free radicals in both eye and brain tissue. These proanthocyanidins are highly synergistic with other antioxidants, such as vitamins A, C and E and they enhance their health promoting effectiveness.

Again proving that the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts.

Grape seed extract also helps protect us against radiation from all sources, including the sun, from pesticides in foods, water and heavy metal poisoning, all of which produce free radicals in the body with great fortitude.

One final word on red wine, moderation is the key here. While all the studies have shown a profound benefit from moderate amounts of daily consumption of red wine, in every case, more was not better.

As alcohol consumption goes up, the health benefits decrease proportionately.

Ellen Troyer with Spencer Thornton, MD, David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff


While we suggest moderate daily intake of red wine to support full body health for those who so choose, we also support the use of supplemental grape seed extract in a full spectrum multiple since it's clinically suggested to enhance the health promoting potential of micronutrients and other dietary antioxidants.

You can learn more about the Biosyntrx product line, our core values, our management team and our scientific advisory board here.

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