Grapeseed protects the brain

Medical News Today mostly tracks developments in conventional medicines, but a recent article highlighted multiple impressive therapeutic benefits of grapeseed extract as a supplement.

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It’s difficult to get enough grapeseed extract proanthocyanidins from eating raw grapes or drinking grape juice or wine.


Grapeseed benefits include:

  • Preventing cognitive decline

    Because grapeseed extract is very high in the polyphenol group called proanthocyanidins, which are neuro-protective in the hippocampus, it may prevent cognitive loss with ageing.

    A paper in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease published by researchers at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City confirmed that grapeseed extract was able to prevent the formation of proteins in the brain called oligomers. These proteins are seen in Alzheimer’s patients.

    The researchers “strongly suggest that GSPE (grape seed proanthocyanidin extract) should be further tested as a potential prevention and/or therapy for AD [Alzheimer’s Disease]”.

  • Improving bone strength

    Grapeseed extract combined with calcium in the diet has a “beneficial effect on bone formation and bone strength“, according to research published in the Journal of Musculoskeletal & Neuronal Interactions.

  • Helping to prevent skin cancer

    Grapeseed proanthocyanidins can prevent the development of cancer. A study, published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, found that grapeseed extracts “could be useful in the attenuation of the adverse UV-induced health effects in human skin.

  • Cutting the risk of high blood pressure

    According to one study, published in the journal Mutation Research/Fundamental and Molecular Mechanisms of Mutagenesis, “grape seed proanthocyanidin extract (GSPE) provides superior antioxidant efficacy as compared to Vitamins C, E and β-carotene.”  Anti-oxidants help protect blood vessels from becoming damaged, which may prevent high blood pressure.

The Medical News Today article also cited research that indicates additional benefits as:

  • Anti-aging properties

    – protecting collagen and elastin in the skin

  • Protecting against pathogens

    – an immune enhancer

  • Treating diabetic retinopathy

  • Improving blood sugar control


NutriShield contains grapeseed extract and other polyphenols like green tea extract. However, a truly effective supplement should contain a range of nutrients that as far as possible reflects an ideal diet – Omega 3, carotenoids, CoQ10, betaine as well as vitamins E, K2, D3 and all the other essential vitamins and minerals at optimum levels.


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“Grape Seed Polyphenolic Extract Specifically Decreases A[beta]*56 in the Brains of Tg2576 Mice.” Peng Liu, Lisa J. Kemper, Jun Wang, Kathleen R. Zahs, Karen H. Ashe, Giulio M. Pasinetti. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease JAD 2011, Volume 26, Number 4,

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