'Grape' is a perennial, non-climbing vines and it is considered to be a very popular fruit, commonly eaten fresh and processed. Regardless of which part of the grapes they are from, they are rich in nutrients. Grape is also used in the cosmetic industry. Moreover, many compositions and its chemical properties have been studied from different parts of the grape. From the study, it was revealed that the most important and interesting part is the grape seed itself.
Grape seed extract.
Active ingredients found in grape seeds are OPC or oligomeric proanthocyanidins that belong to the group of bioflavonoids.
Role of OPC
- Possess a strong antioxidant effect known as super antioxidant. It was found to be 20 times stronger than vitamin C and 50 times stronger than vitamin E.
- Slow down cells deterioration e.g., collagen, elastin, endothelial cells.
- Increase flexibility and strength of blood vessels and skin layers.
Varicose veins and grape seed extract. How does grape seed extract solve the problem of varicose veins?
'Varicose veins' is a problem that occurs to many people. It is found that women are three times more likely to be at risk than men, and it often occurs in pregnant women, obese people, people who stand or sit for long periods of time e.g., teachers, nurse, air hostess, salesperson or receptionist, office workers, beauticians and people who regularly wear high heels. 'Varicose Veins’ is presented with bulging, twisted or distorted veins on beautiful legs which may be unattractive or unsightly for those who see them, contributing to feelings of insecurity that affect personality and also negatively affect health.
'Varicose veins' are often found in legs and calves which are characterized by swollen and twisted of the superficial veins in a long winding line kink like a snake. The veins on the skin can be clearly seen in the shape of a spider web.
The initial symptoms of varicose veins are abnormal aneurysm of the veins where their valves which serves to prevent blood from flowing backwards begin to deteriorate, leading to abnormalities of the valves and vascular walls. The blood could not completely flow through it, causing poor blood flow back into the heart, lead to congestion and the expansion of blood vessels that eventually contribute to aneurysm swelling and become varicose veins that are clearly visible under the skin. Most of them occur on the thighs, which look like tiny spider webs.
Causes of varicose veins
varicose veins are caused by free radicals that destroy the opening - closing valves of the blood vessels and the unhealthy veins due to the deterioration of the collagen layer that begin at the vascular wall, thus causing congestion of venous blood.
Due to its role as a strong antioxidant, OPCs prevent the degradation of collagen in the vascular wall and the subcutaneous layer, increase the strength of collagen and inhibit enzymes that destroy collagen in the blood vessels which are collagenase, hyaluronidase, elastase, hence result in strong vascular walls and increase flexibility of the vascular walls. These properties provide grape seed extract with protective effects that can solve the problem of varicose veins in the early stages (spider leg) very well with the recommended dose of 150 mg per day. It was also found in the research that using grape seed extract in the amount of 150 mg per day for a period of 1 month can effectively reduce pain. For bright radiant skin with grape seed extract.
In addition to solving the problem of varicose veins with antioxidant activity, grape seed extract also possess properties to protect skin cells, inhibit enzymes that destroy collagen under the skin that cause premature aging, strengthen capillaries, promote good circulation, efficiently bring nutrients to the skin cells, improve strength and flexibility of collagen and elastin thus help nourish the skin to stay flexible, look radiant, hydrated and rosy. It also protects the skin from UV rays, prevents wrinkles, blemishes, freckles by receiving 50 milligrams per day, helping to fight free radicals and protect the cells of the body.
Moreover, grape seed extract also plays a role in the blood vessels of the body, increase capillaries’ strength, prevents ruptured blood vessels. It also enhances the efficiency of vitamin C absorption. Currently, grape seed extract is widely used in cosmetics in a variety of dietary supplements, but the best bioavailable form is the soft capsule form. And taking the right amount according to the recommended dosage based on the health conditions will allow the body to gain benefits from the active substances effectively. Tips to keep your legs smooth and clear.
Exercise properly and regularly to increase blood circulation.
Control your weight within the normal range because high body weight will affect blood circulation.
Avoid standing or sitting for long periods of time, especially sitting cross-legged as sitting with legs crossed can slower the blood flow.
There should be some brisk walking alternating with standing because walking helps the leg muscles to contract, squeezing the venous blood back up to the heart.
Lying with your feet elevated above your heart for 15 minutes at a time allows blood in the veins to return to your upper body better.
Train your leg and calf muscles to relax and help with blood circulation.
- While sitting at work, the ankle should be pushed up and down several times in succession, allowing the calf muscles to contract and relax alternately.
- Flexing and stretching of the leg muscles, e.g., lie on your back with your knees bent, lie on your side with your knees bent and your heels against your hips, sit with your legs straight and bend your ankles, bend over, touch your toes, etc.
- Stand up straight, slowly tip your feet up and slowly down. Do 3 sets of 10 times each.
- In addition, use stairs instead of taking the elevator and walk briskly for 30 minutes a day to strengthen the leg muscles.