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 Exploring the Cardioprotective Attributes of Grape Seeds
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.
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.
From the dawn of man to our present day, the production and consumption of grapes and various grape products (raisins, wines, juices, etc.) have been intricately interwoven into the fabric of human history. Not only do grapes provide us with vital carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and edible fibers, they also supply us with essential phytochemicals. Due to their numerous biological activities and promotion of good general health, grape polyphenols are, without a doubt, the most important of these grape phytochemicals.