Grape Seed Extract Improves Collagen Flexibility & Strength
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
Grape seed extract (GSE) is one of nature’s most versatile nutrients, acting as a collagen, artery, and heart strengthener, while providing potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity. I have previously reviewed these attributes in my feature-length article, Grape Seed Extract’s Powerful Cardio Protection. A number of recent studies show GSE to increase collagen strength within teeth—something the dental industry is considering using for better adhesion of composite resin to the dentin of teeth2.
These studies indicate the power of grape seed extract to reinforce the tensile strength of collagen. Think of a strand of collagen like a triple-stranded ski tow rope. The strands are held together with linking structures that are dependent on vitamin C and the amino acid lysine. Under stress and wear and tear, these collagen strands can unravel, leading to a loss of collagen elasticity and functional integrity (meaning aging). GSE has a unique ability to directly act as a collagen-bonding nutrient, thereby improving the strength and flexibility of collagen.
Earlier researchers have pointed out that this unique ability of GSE to improve collagen enhances skin health and elasticity, provides UV protection, and lowers risk for skin cancer4. The same collagen-enhancing principles apply to collagen virtually everywhere in the body, helping to improve flexibility of joints and elasticity of arteries.
More recent studies show the ability of GSE to protect against nerve damage from high blood sugar5 and joint destruction from rheumatoid arthritis6. Whether your structural problems are large or small, or you just want to keep your collagen as youthful as possible, grape seed extract is a top choice nutrient for your anti-wear-and-tear team.
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