10 Muscadine Health Benefits

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1. The muscadine grape is America's strongest grape.

American muscadine grapes have 20 pairs of chromosomes, but European grapes have only 19 pairs. It doesn't sound like a big deal, but it results in muscadine grapes having a lot more healthy molecules than European grapes. For example, wines made with muscadine grapes can have up to 100 times more resveratrol than European wines like pinot noir.



2. Muscadine grape seed 'OPC' for Longevity.

The respected website WebMD says that grapeseed can have health benefits for people worried about cardiovascular disease, cholesterol, diabetes ... and other killer diseases. Muscadine grape seeds are rich in Oligomeric Proanthocyanidin Complex antioxidants, which could help you live a longer, healthier life.



3. Grape proanthocyanidin free radical protection.

The US National Institutes of Health reported on how free radicals are implicated in over 100 diseases, "including arthritis, hemorrhagic shock, atherosclerosis, advancing age, ischemia, Alzheimer and Parkinson's disease (and more). See the report that shows how grape seed proanthocyanidins are potent scavengers of free radicals.



4. Reduce oxidative stress for healthier joints.

The link below is to a very technical page about research that a number of scientists undertook into the benefits of grape seed proanthocyanidins on arthritis. The bottom line is grapeseed can help reduce the painful inflammation in joints, and could help reduce cartilage and bone destruction.



5. Bones. Grapeseed improves calcium uptake.

In a lab experiment, researchers found that grapeseed proanthocyanidins can help bones to absorb more calcium, and to be stronger. As men and women age they often find that their bones become weaker as less calcium is absorbed. This is particularly the case for women. If you want to keep your bones strong, muscadine grapeseed could help.


6. Grapeseed can help control blood pressure.

WebMD reported on a 2006 study at the University of California where people taking 300mg of grapeseed a day reduced their blood pressure by an average of 12 points. The results applied to people with and without hypertension. 



7. Grapeseed and Alzheimer's prevention.

ScienceDaily reports that polyphenolic compounds found in grapeseeds could help the brain to fight the accumulation of amyloid plaques. Scientists say amyloid plaque is a contributory factor in Alzheimer’s disease.



8. Grapeseed for stronger blood vessels and circulation.

“Grape seed extract is a natural remedy often recommended for chronic venous insufficiency. Some proponents of grape seed extract suggest that the antioxidants found in grape seeds can help fight chronic venous insufficiency by strengthening the blood vessels and improving circulation. Grape seed extract is also touted as a natural remedy for several other conditions related to the heart and blood vessels (including atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol).”



9. Grape seed, asthma and lung health.

Website Emaxhealth reports that the OPC oligomeric proanthocyanidins found in grapeseed could ‘significantly improve’ lung function and reduce asthma symptoms. This is likely due to OPC’s ability to reduce leukotriene levels. This means grapeseed targets the cause, not just the symptoms of some respiratory conditions.



10. Grape skin can even protect your skin!

“Resveratrol, a phytoalexin antioxidant found in the skin of muscadines, has been shown to have both chemopreventive and therapeutic effects against many diseases and disorders, including those of the skin. Studies have shown protective effects of resveratrol against ultraviolet radiation mediated oxidative stress and cutaneous damages including skin cancer. Because many of the skin conditions stem from ultraviolet radiation and oxidative stress, this antioxidant appears to have promise and prospects against a wide range of cutaneous disorders including skin aging and skin cancers.”