Life Enhancing Super Antioxidant!
Did you know that grapes could help improve your health? People around the globe have enjoyed grapes and grape products for thousands of years.
Grapes are grown in many countries. In 2006, the world grape production was over 13 million tons. There are many varieties of table and wine grapes grown, each with its own unique flavor, texture, and color (basic colors are: red, green, and blue-black). Consumption of both unfermented grape juice and fermented juice (wine) is popular in many cultures.
Historically, grapes and portions of the grape plant have been used to treat a variety of health conditions. This is due to the astringent properties of the grapevine, almost like a living pharmacy. Various portions of the grapevine produce their own protective agents. For example, grapes protect themselves by producing a pesticide and a fungicide. The leaves make their own sunscreen and fungicide. And, the best part of all of this is that our bodies can benefit from these natural nutraceuticals as well. Grapevines contain beneficial polyphenols (antioxidants). The most commonly researched polyphenols are quercetin, resveratrol, proanthocyanidins (from seeds), and anthocyanins.
Interest in the potential health benefits of grapes and wine has intensified over the last few decades as researchers sought to understand what's been called the "French Paradox". The French have a diet rich in meat, cheese, and butter and yet have lower incidences of diseases associated with a high fat diet. Several researchers have theorized that the French population's significant consumption of red wine could account for the lower incidences of health problems. This has prompted further research into the components of grapes and wine. Two compounds that are of particular interest are resveratrol and proanthocyanidin.
Resveratrol is a naturally occurring antioxidant found in grapes and peanuts. It is present in grapevines, seeds, and roots, but the highest concentration is found in grape skins. The concentration of resveratrol is much higher in red wine than white wine due to the grapes used and the production process. For red wine, the skin and the seeds are involved in the process and the beneficial polyphenols are transferred to the wine.
Proanthocyanidin, also known as oligomeric proanthocyanidin (OPC), is a class of flavonoids found in pine bark, grape skin, grape seed, and to a lesser degree in bilberry, green tea, black tea, black currant, and cranberry OPCs are water-soluble, which allows them to be readily absorbed by the body. They are capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier to help support healthy brain cells. Of these, grape seed extract is the primary commercial source of OPCs because of its lower cost and because it contains an additional antioxidant not available in pine bark. Red wines tend to have quite a bit higher level amount of OPCs than white wines.
Both resveratrol and proanthocyanidin have natural polyphenols that provide many health benefits. First, they act as powerful antioxidants helping the body neutralize free radical damage. These antioxidants are even more powerful than vitamins C and E. They support cardiovascular health by helping the body sustain healthy cholesterol levels and influencing blood chemistry. Research has shown that they can help normalize certain brain proteins to improve memory functions. They seem to stimulate the cells to produce bones and preserve bone strength.
Research suggests that the components in red wine can provide significant health benefits. One must also understand that excessive consumption of alcohol can have detrimental effects on the health of the body. Those who drink have a significantly higher risk of experiencing a life-threatening health condition. There is a much easier way to realize these important health benefits without drinking red wine.
Modern processing methods have made it possible to concentrate these powerful ingredients from grapes and other plants so they can aid in the pursuit of better health. For example, resveratrol is a powerful product in which every 100 mg contains the resveratrol equivalent of 35 glasses of red wine.
The extensive research done on resveratrol and proanthocyanidin suggests that these two plant compounds appear to provide a novel solution for individuals seeking to keep their health at optimal levels. These compounds seem to provide a means for improving the balance of body systems and enhancing longevity.
Resveratrol Complex contains a powerful blend of Resveratrol, Red Wine Extract, Grape Seed Extract, Pine Bark Extract, and an enzyme activation system to aid with absorption. The potent Red Wine and Grape Seed Extracts provide additional polyphenols to boost the effectiveness of the formula. Pine Bark Extract is included to provide additional bioflavonoids from a standardized concentration of 95 percent Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins. Each vegetarian capsule contains 540 mg of these potent, alcohol-free ingredients.