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There are many claimed benefits of grape seed extract, some of which are more legitimate than others. The supplement is often claimed to be beneficial for preventing cancer, correcting poor night vision, and treating high blood pressure or high cholesterol. At this time, it is not known whether the supplement provide any benefits for children.

Purported Grape Seed Extract Benefits

Grape seed extract is sometimes claimed to be beneficial for several different uses. Some of the claimed benefits of grape seed extract include:
 
  • Preventing cancer
  • Promoting wound healing
  • Preventing dental cavities (dental caries)
  • Correcting poor night vision
  • Treating the following conditions:
 
 
Some of these claimed uses are more legitimate than others, although much more research is necessary to confirm that grape seed extract is truly effective for any use (see Does Grape Seed Extract Work?).
 

How Does Grape Seed Extract Work?

Grape seed extract contains a variety of different compounds that may have medicinal activity. Many of these compounds seem to have antioxidant properties, protecting cells from free radicals (damaging molecules or atoms that can start a chain reaction of cellular damage). Free radicals play a role in various age-related conditions, such as cancer and heart disease. There may be other currently unknown ways that grape seed extract works for various uses.
 
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