Grapes and wine have long been recognized for their antioxidant benefits. It's no surprise that their seeds, compared to the fruit, contain a higher concentration of oligomeric proanthocyanids (OPCs). OPCs are antioxidant compounds that are suggested to fight free radicals within the body and help to prevent and/or stall the onset of chronic diseases and premature aging.
So how do antioxidants work, and why do we need them?
Antioxidant combat "free radicals" within the body. A free radical is a single, lonely oxygen atom. The oxygen we breathe through the air comes in pairs of 2, making it unproblematic to our bodies. Oxygen becomes problematic when the atoms are alone and have nothing to attach to. These lonely oxygen atoms will attach themselves to other molecules, which creates oxidation within the human body. This oxidation can disrupt DNA bonds, and can lead to cancer and other health issues.
Antioxidants, like the OPCs & polyphenols found in Royal Grapeseed's freshly dried, unfermented concord grapeseeds, work by attaching themselves to free radicals. Instead of these single oxygen atoms pairing with healthy molecules within our bodies, they will attach to the antioxidant, thus preventing oxidation.
Free radicals can come from a number of sources, such as smoking or sun exposure. While our bodies create antioxidants, in today's society it's likely not enough, so it is beneficial to incorporate more antioxidants into your diet by consuming things like grapeseed extract.
Royal Grapeseed provides the freshest, unfermented, dried concord grapeseeds for the extraction of OPCs and other antioxidant compounds. Our seeds are dried to 10% moisture to prevent mold & bacterial growth, and contain no sulfites. When you incorporate Royal Grapeseeds into your health food, supplement, or skincare product, you can be confident that only the most potent, American grown & processed seeds are being supplied. Dried seed is available in bulk in any quantity, from drum to pallet to truckload, with year round availability. We also offer personal sized jars of dried seed for a chemical free, at home extraction - perfect for the discerning, health conscious consumer. Contact us today for a quote.