Complex supplement blends, when formulated correctly, are worth their weight in gold. Many problematic diseases have been reversed because an individual has faithfully taken a well-formulated supplement to combat the issue. Conversely, single vitamin, mineral, or herbal supplements are sometimes just as effective as complex supplements. Depending on the individual, single herbs can target a specific area of problem more effectively and efficiently than multiple herbs, minerals, and vitamins.
In recent years, we've been hearing a whole lot about antioxidants, chemicals that neutralize harmful free radicals in our bodies. Free radicals are highly charged oxygen molecules (having either one too many or too few electrons) that are formed mainly as a natural byproduct of breathing, but also from exposure to food additives and pesticides, UV light, cigarette smoke, exhaust fumes, and chemical pollutants.
Not satisfied in their unstable state, free radicals roam the body, stealing mates for their unpaired electrons from unsuspecting cells. These biomolecular bandits have so far been linked to dozens of illnesses, including cancer, arteriosclerosis, and arthritis, as well as to premature aging.
Widely touted as "fountains of youth," antioxidants provide the best defense against these scavengers--either by blocking their production or by serving as biochemical kamikazes, allowing themselves to be ransacked by free radicals in place of healthy cells.
There are many herbs and vitamins that have claims to antioxidant powers within. Some of the most powerful of these herbs and vitamins include:
St. John's Wort (Hypernicum)
Grape Seed Extract
Pine Bark Extract
Grape seed extract (GSE) is just what it sounds like - an extract from grape seeds. The seeds are typically from red grapes (instead of white), which have a high content of compounds known as oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs). The OPCs are also present in a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, including pine bark (Pycnogenol) and green tea, where, like grape seed extract, they possess potent antioxidant properties.
The OPCs are chemically known as flavonoids or polyphenols, which can differ substantially based on their polymer arrangement. For example, polyphenols can exist in single (monomers), double (dimers), triple (trimers), quadruple (tetramers) and even longer "cyanidin" chains (tannins). Any chain length from 2-7 or so is termed and "oligomer" and longer chains are generally just called "polymers." It is generally assumed that the longer the cyanidin chain length, the less bioavailable and less active the molecule becomes.
By using the smallest cyanidin chain available, HHN's Grape Seed is able to provide you with the best and most powerful antioxidant properties, thereby creating a more effective supplement. HHN's Grape Seed is a vital supplement when looking for help in the follow areas:
Cardioprotection (reducing risk of athersclerosis)
Reducing cancer risk
Improving vascular strength (stronger blood vessels)
Reducing edema (inflammation/swelling)
Promoting eye health (reducing risk of macular degeneration and cataracts)