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 Grape Seed Extracts and Teas: Manufacture and Health Benefits
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.