Wellness Hub October 2017 Nutrition The greatness of grape seed Victoria Hanlon - Swisse Author October 19, 2017 Share Since the time of Ancient Greece, grape leaves, fruit and sap have been used traditionally in Western Herbal Medicine to support skin health. Granted, it was normally in the form of wine, but they also knew that these innocuous-looking little fruits – or Vitis vinifera as they are also known - have a wealth of antioxidant properties. In fact, over the years, everyone from the ancient Greeks, to the Egyptians, to European folk healers have used grapes as a support for maintenance of general health. While we may not use grapes in quite the same way now (although our ancestors were on to something when they worked out how to distill them into wine), grapes are certainly powerful little gems that can do a lot of good. Science time Proanthocyanidin, present in the grape seed extract, is responsible for the inhibition of oxygen free radicals. This makes grape seed extract a great source of antioxidants and helps protect against potential free radical damage. Basically, you want lots of these babies in your blood stream, and this is where grape seeds are your new best friends. Get the grape seed goodness While it may be tempting to reach for a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, that’s certainly not a health-conscious way of getting your grape seed fill. Grape seeds are a rich source of proanthocyanidins, containing more than other grape products such as wine or grape juice. You may want to increase the consumption of these tasty little gems or try supplementing with Swisse Ultiboost Grape Seed. Swisse Ultiboost Grape Seed contains a combination of grape seed, to help support healthy antioxidant activity, and vitamin C to support collagen formation. So, although they may be small and sweet, grapes are a fantastic force to be reckoned with for optimising your health!