Grape Seed Extract—healthy for the heart, liver and more

DSC03281 (430x500)Terry Lemerond, the founder of EuroPhama which specializes in bringing both European-tested, unique natural medicines and proprietary, custom formulations to the American consumer, is a big advocate of grape seed extract. But not just any extract, Terry recommends a tannin-free French OPC grape seed extract that is absorbed easily into the system.

Well, it’s Terry’s brand, so “naturally” he’d like it. But wait, there have been friends and GreenAcres customers who study medicine and supplement trials who swear by the efficacy of Terry’s Clinical OPC. They’ve shared the results they’ve observed in family members:

  • It lowers blood pressure
  • Helps regulate blood sugar
  • Speeds muscle recovery
  • Works to eradicate inflammation

Those are big endorsements for one little capsule. But Terry reports clinical studies in his online blog and newsletter called “Terry Talks Nutrition.” Scientific studies have found grape seed extract helps to prevent blood clots from forming, reduces the buildup of abdominal fat and blood sugar levels, helps particularly in the prevention of colorectal cancer stem cell formation and improves blood triglyceride and plasma lipid levels. A dream come true to those who suffer from heart disease and diabetes.

The anti-inflammatory power of grape seed extract was brought to the attention of researchers studying the effects on muscle recovery. According to Terry Naturally, “These investigations found that grape seed OPCs helped regenerate damaged muscle fiber and helped heal injured tissue in a relatively short amount of time—in some cases in just five days using grape seed extract.”

Researchers also found grape seed extract killed colon cancer cells outright.

Colorectal cancer has the second highest mortality rate in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates for 2017 show 95,520 new cases of colon cancer, and 39,910 new cases of rectal cancer. The overall, lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer for both men and women is about 1 in 22. So medicines and supplements which help to lower those odds bear looking at.

Cancer develops through many mechanisms, that’s why it’s so difficult to treat. That’s why treatments that reduce inflammation and boost the immune system are so beneficial. Prevention, as the old adage goes, is still worth a pound of cure.

Grape seed extract, according to Terry, “also shows promise for people suffering from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, a form of hepatic steatosis where fat is deposited in the liver. Once fat begins to limit the liver’s ability to detoxify and process nutrients, health starts to decline.”

DSC03283 (400x306)The far-reaching benefits of grape seed extract may someday come to the rescue of those undergoing radiation treatment. The effects of radiation on the liver can become a serious concern for cancer patients. In clinical trials, grape seed extract actually protected liver cellular membranes during and after radiation.

There’s still much research to be done, but a great starting point for those suffering from diseases generated by inflammation is discussing Terry Naturally’s Clinical OPC with one of GreenAcres’ supplement team members. The more you know, the better you are at choosing what is best for you and your family.