Grapes – those same little vine grown fruits we eat as snacks or as a part of fruit salads and that are responsible for the vast majority of wines in the world – are also known for several different types of medicinal properties and many diet pill manufacturers would have us believe that weight loss is one of them. However, before simply believing those claims, it’s a very good idea to take a closer look at what this ingredient has actually been proven to do.
To start, while grape may be identified simply as that on a product package, it can also appear under a whole range of other possible names such as: European wine grape, extrait de feuille de vigne rouge, extrait de feuille de raisin, enocianina, calzin, draksha, black grape raisins, activin and many others.
For medicinal purposes, virtually every part of the fruit and plant may be used. This includes the whole fruit, the fruit flesh, the skin, seeds, or leaves. The seeds are easy for supplement manufactures to obtain as many winemakers consider most of them to be a by-product and will sell them.
It’s important to pay close attention to the labeling of a product to be sure that it is suggesting that there is grape within the diet pills and not grapefruit. While grapefruit may have other potential benefits they are not at all the same thing.
Many people use grape for more reasons than weight loss. Some also believe that it can be used to help prevent heart disease and to support blood vessels, prevent varicose veins, prevent hemorrhoids, decrease the risk of hardened arteries (atherosclerosis), prevent high blood pressure, reduce swelling following surgery or injury, and reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke.
That said, grape is also often used as an ingredient that acts as a mild laxative to help to relieve constipation. It is because of that effect that it is also sometimes included in detoxes and fasts and, therefore, for weight loss.
Any benefits that grape does actually have are believed to come from the flavonoids that it contains and that can produce antioxidant effects. Antioxidants can be very powerful and can help to reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and lower the chances of coronary heart disease.
That said, while research is suggesting that grape may have possible circulatory benefits and may help to ease eye strain, most evidence so far has suggested that when used by overweight people for 12 weeks, no direct and significant weight loss benefits have been measured in reputable research.