Grapes have been used in European folk medicine for centuries to treat a wide variety of health problems. Modern research is finding that grapes and grape seed extracts contain potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that may improve overall health and also prove to be an effective tool in fighting obesity and assisting in weight loss.
Grapes are the fruits that grow on woody vine plants in the genus Vitas. There are over 10,000 varieties grown worldwide that can be crimson, black, dark blue, yellow, green or pink in color. Red and purple grapes contain powerful antioxidants known as anthocyanins. The University of Maryland Health Center states that the seeds from red and purple grapes contain high levels of vitamin E, flavonoids, linoleic acid and the powerful antioxidant compounds known as oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes, or OPC’s.
According to an article authored by K.M. Flegal, et al., published in the “Journal of the American Medical Association” in January 2010, the rate of obesity is 32.2 percent among adult men and 35.5 percent among adult women in the U.S., with the authors noting that obesity raises your risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. A joint 2009 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and RTI International found that the direct and indirect cost of obesity may reach as high as $147 billion annually.