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Grape Seed – (Vitis vinifera)

Grape Seed

Grapes and grape seed are grown in many areas of the world as a source of food and wine. Studies are showing that grapes and wine have many benefits for maintaining health, and the seeds probably contain the most benefits of all. Grapes are full of antioxidants, and the seeds are too. Antioxidants can help prevent tissue damage from free radicals, stabilize elastin and collagen and act as a natural antihistamine.


Key Medicinal Uses

Internally – Grape seed extract has been used to lower cholesterol. It has even been effective with reducing smokers' cholesterol. Seeds contain antioxidants, which help protect the blood vessels from damage. This herb can also help circulatory problems like varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency. It may also be used to regulate blood sugar and to slow down or prevent age-related macular degeneration, and eye disorder that can cause blindness. Seed extract may also help improve night vision and sensitivity to light.

This herb also helps other eye disorders, like retinopathy, stress from bright lights, and it may help prevent cataracts. It also helped relieve the pain from pancreatitis in one study. Grape seed extract has been studied for its ability to prevent the growth of stomach, breast, colon, lung and prostate cancer cells. It may also prevent damage to the liver from chemotherapy. The extract may also help relieve asthma and allergies.

Externally – Grape seed is good for the skin. It keeps it soft, smooth and supple. Studies are showing that the herbal extract may help prevent tooth decay. It can also help the skin heal more quickly.

Other Uses – Grape seed oil is available to use for cooking. It is also used sometimes as a carrier oil for essential oils during massage therapy.

Herbs to Combine/Supplement

Extract has been combined with chromium to lower cholesterol.

Parts Used

Seeds – The seeds of grapes are pressed to make oil and extracts.


Pregnant and nursing women should not take grape seed extract. There are currently no known drug interactions with the herb. It may, however increase the possibilities for bleeding. If you take blood thinning medications, do not add grape seed without the permission of your care provider. Some minor side effects have been noted in rare cases, like cough, abdominal pain, headache, nausea and sore throat.

Preparation and Dosage

Grape seed is available commercially as tablets, capsules and liquid extracts. Extract has not been studied in children, so it is not currently recommended. For adults, 25 to 150 mg of a standardized extract can be taken 1 to 3 times per day.

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