Grape seed oil and grape seed extract are two fantastic all natural products which have excellent health benefits for our skin. To get a better appreciation for how each product enhances our skin however, let us examine them one at a time. Continue reading
The World Health Organization defines obesity as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health. It is caused by an energy imbalance between the number of calories consumed and the number of calories used up by the body. The World Health Organization defines overweight person as an individual with a body mass index (a measure of a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of his height in meters – kg/m2) greater than or equal to 25, while an obese person by definition has a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30. Overweight and obesity result in the deaths of 2.8 million adults each year, and are ranked as the fifth leading risk for global deaths. Continue reading
Cognitive decline is regarded by many individuals as one of the most frightening symptoms associated with human aging. And such fear is understandable given that our memories make it possible for us to know who we are as well as how to function in society. Countless persons have testified that there is no sadder sight than watching someone you love dearly, grow old and slowly lose his or her own identity. Despite the heartache though, most people view such cognitive losses as inevitable – a burden that must be borne by each individual as we enter the twilight years and that there is nothing we can do about it. However, this belief is not true. Continue reading
In a previous article we examined the multiple health benefits of using argan oil and grape seed oil in day to day activities (such as cooking, hair care and skin care) as well as in the large scale manufacture of other useful household and cosmetic products. In this article we will focus specifically on the advantages of using both aforementioned natural oils as well as olive oil in the promotion and maintenance of great hair and a healthy scalp. Continue reading
Grape seed oil and argan oil have both proven to be excellent products in the global health and beauty industries over the past few years. Grape seed oil is obtained by pressing the seeds of grapes — an abundant by product of the winemaking industry; argan oil is similarly extracted with the nut-like kernels of the argan fruit ground and pressed to release the natural oils. However, while grape seed oil has the potential to be processed in almost all wine producing parts of the world (such as France, United States, Italy, Spain, China, etc.) argan trees (Argania spinosa L.) with their oil packed kernels are endemic to Morocco. Continue reading
Cardiovascular disease refers to disorders and infections of the cardiac muscle and vascular system which supply life-sustaining blood to vital organs such as the brain, heart, lungs, etc. While cardiovascular disease accounted for 10% of all deaths worldwide at the start of the 20th century, the figure dramatically increased to 30% by 2001. It is responsible for almost 50% of all deaths in high income countries and close to 28% of all deaths in low and middle income countries. Cardiovascular disease kills approximately 17 million people each year and is now the number one cause of death worldwide, eclipsing other factors such as nutritional deficiency, HIV/AIDS, injury and respiratory diseases. Continue reading
Inflammation is a part of the body’s innate immune response to physical injury, harmful microorganisms, damaged cells, irritants, toxins or other adverse stimuli. It involves complex biological changes in the vascular tissues, with the traditional signs of inflammation being rubor (redness), calor (heat), tumor (swelling), dolor (pain) and function laesa (loss of function). Rubor and calor are caused by increased blood flow at core body temperature to the injured site, tumor is due to the retention of fluid and dolor is caused by the release of chemicals which stimulate the nervous system. Functio laesa might exist due to several reasons. While all the traditional signs might be observed at the inflamed site, none is necessarily always present.
Grape seeds contain an abundance of organic chemicals called polyphenols, which have proven to be extremely effective in promoting good physical and mental health in humans. These polyphenols include flavonoids, linoleic acid, vitamin E and phenolic OPCs (oligomeric proanthocyanidins), among various other beneficial phytochemicals. Due to their role as antioxidants in the body, these substances have demonstrated anticancer, cardio-protective, anti-inflammation, anti-aging and anti-microbial activities when used in recommended doses. This article will investigate how polyphenols are extracted from grape seeds and how we can make use of these wonderful extracts in our own homes. Continue reading
While bacteria might appear to be very simple when viewed from a strictly biological perspective, they are able to form intricate associations with more complex organisms. One such association is referred to as parasitism, a type of symbiotic relationship in which the bacteria benefit at the cost of the host organism. Bacteria that play the role of parasites are called pathogens and they are a major cause of disease and death in the human population. Some of the diseases caused by pathogenic bacteria include syphilis, pneumonia, cholera, meningitis, gonorrhea, heart infections, kidney disease, skin infections and foodborne illnesses, among many other ailments. Despite the health risks posed by these imperceptible microbes, research has shown that a big bunch of tasty grapes can go a long way towards stopping them.
In humans, youth is characterized by a clearly discernible period of physical and mental development. As our cells multiply, our bodies become bigger and stronger – and as we continue to take in knowledge, our cognitive abilities increase. But as we are well aware, something goes awry in the cell renewal process when we reach the 20-35 year old mark. We begin to lose our ability to respond favorably to stressors, biological homeostasis decreases and we become more prone to diseases. In a nutshell, we begin to age.