Fruit and Vegetables

Grape seeds

Beneficial elements present in grape seeds

The highest concentration of the nutritive elements that the grape possesses is found inside the seed. In fact, grape seeds have been used for centuries for various medicinal purposes, thanks to their various beneficial properties. The vitamin E contained in them for example, is a powerful antioxidant that is often used in the prevention of carcinogenic stages. Flavonoids, also antioxidants, are interested in the prevention of common diseases as they help the development of enzymes necessary for bacterial control. Linoleic acid, usually present in red meat, is also highly concentrated in these elements. As an element not produced by the body, it is important to take it through food as it is essential for proper cell development. The last element present, but no less important, are OPCs, powerful antioxidants involved above all in the fight against the development of cancer cells.

Contraindications in grape seed intake

The wrong dosage of supplements or extracts containing these elements can cause undesirable side effects. The optimal quantity of product to be ingested depends on the type of disorder for which you are taking the extract, and in case of doubt it is good to ask your doctor for advice. Being able to make a rough estimate, it can be said that a quantity between 150 and 300 mg per day is used to treat a chronic type of disease and does not involve risks for the organism. If you want to take the preparation only to increase the intake of antioxidants, for example for preventive or cosmetic purposes, a quantity of 150 mg a day is more than sufficient. In any case, the extract can be a contrasting element if you are using anticoagulants. In fact the seeds are a natural anticoagulant and a high quantity of blood thinner can be dangerous. In addition, the use of herbal extracts or supplements, even those of this type, is absolutely prohibited.

Grape seed oil and flour

The most widespread products deriving from the processing of these elements are flour and oil. Both possess beneficial properties for the organism which essentially concern the high percentage of antioxidants present within them. Resveratrol, for example, is used to prevent cancer and heart disease. Furthermore these products increase the level of vitamin C; reduce capillary fragility and therefore are useful in case of varicose veins; purify from oxidants and free radicals by fighting cellular aging; they inhibit the destruction of collagen and the enzymes responsible for the degradation of connective tissues. These properties have made flour and oil of this kind useful in the cosmetic field, developing a rich production of creams and preparations capable of fighting the signs of aging. Moreover, thanks to the regulation and strengthening of blood vessels, they are used in the pharmacological field to solve cardiovascular problems. The flour is taken by supplementing it with a fruit juice or yogurt, or even with the dough, while the oil is usually taken with a dropper.

Grape Seeds: How to Grow Grapes Using Grape Seeds

If you have a lot of patience and good botanical skills, you can use grape seeds for vine cultivation. This process in fact requires experience and time, as a long and complex technique but not impossible. First you need to choose the right variety in order to cultivate a species that is suitable for the climate and the land that you have available. Then you need to check that the seeds are usable and leave them to soak in distilled water for up to 24 hours. Those that remain afloat are not in good condition. At this point the seeds are ready to be cold stratified: they are placed in a container, in which they will be covered with fertilized soil and then stored in the fridge for two or three months. After this deadline, they are ready to be put into jars Obviously the best time is in spring when the warm climate allows an optimal germination. The shoots will take 8 weeks to develop, and when the seedling has reached 30 cm in height it can be transplanted into the ground.