‘Health Superstar’: Grape seed extract for health and beauty

In Photo: Nino Bautista (From left), Ariella Arida and Red Gatus

Grape Seed Extract is underrated in the beauty industry. Little did people know that it’s rich in amazing health benefits.

Commonly referred to as GSE, it contains a single yet powerful ingredient: OPCs (oligomeric procyanidins)—a type of polyphenol that is sought for its antioxidant properties.

OPCs are known in the medicinal world as a ‘superstar’ for the several functions it holds for the human body. It does not only have antioxidant properties but it’s also responsible for the treatment of a number of conditions, according to reported findings.

In the past, these seeds were tagged worthless by-product of wine production that usually just go to waste. Come to realize, they are extremely valuable when extracted. It’s composed of a complex mixture of flavonoids, vitamin E, linoleic acid and phenolic procyanidins.

Proanthocyanidins and catechins, found in GSE, are believed to be 20 times greater than vitamin E and 50 times greater than vitamin C.

The skin is not the only target of GSE. It also works in maintaining the body’s wellness by improving flexibility in joints, arteries and body tissues.

In the Philippines, Bargn Pharmaceuticals banks on the health and beauty benefits of GSE. Understanding and believing in the goodness of GSE, Bargn founders Nino Bautista and John Redentor Gatus Jr. manufactured CosmoSkin GSE, which according to Bautista provides a definitive solution to a common skin ailment called melasma.

“Melasma is a condition that creates dark patches of skin usually found on the upper cheek, nose, lips, upper lip, and forehead, and it affects almost 90 percent of women all over the world and this condition is aggravated by sun exposure, and therefore women who live active, outdoorsy lifestyles are more likely to produce more dark pigments than others. With CosmoSkin GSE, you don’t have to worry about pigmentation because grape seed extract is best in addressing skin issues such as melasma.”

Bautista assured its patrons his company only uses quality raw materials to guarantee efficacy and safety of the products.

Bargn is at the forefront of innovation in the health and wellness industry, creating products that address a myriad of needs, which include cosmeceuticals, nutraceuticals, vitamins, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. The company was established by in 2006.

For more information like CosmoSkin Fan Page on Facebook, follow @cosmoskin on Twitter and Instagram or visit www.cosmo-skin.com.

To better understand GSE, here are the benefits of this so-called ‘health superstar’ in our health and beauty.

Radical Scavenging

The polyphenol properties are attested to in neutralizing singlet oxygen radicals responsible for bringing inflammations into the body. It’s rich in vitamin C that acts as a shield against bacteria, viruses and other chronic illnesses.

Prevents Clogging of Arteries

The flavonoids (vitamin E, linoleic acid, and phenolic procyanidins) present inside GSE reduces risks of heart disease because they are believed to decrease the number of bad cholesterol in your body.

Controls Blood Pressure

The extract found in grape seeds sends relaxation to the arteries and blood vessels, thereby balancing the blood pressure.

Research shows that it also helps dilate blood vessels and lower blood pressure for those people with metabolic syndrome (most of whom also had prehypertension).


GSE, accompanied by exercise, can improve lipid profile, weight loss, blood pressure and other diabetic complications. Experts say that this intake is a therapeutical way combat diabetes.

Oral Health

It also plays a beneficial role in our oral health.

GSE solution fights demineralization and release more remineralization of cavities. This result to an effective cure to stop or reverse early tooth decay.

Bone Strength

Adding GSE to your daily diet will nourish your bone with the calcium it needs.

Based on the Journal of Musculoskeletal & Neuronal Interactions, the extract has a “beneficial effect on bone formation and bone strength for the treatment of bone debility caused by a low level of calcium.”


Aside from the health benefits above-mentioned, there are still more to what GSE can do.

It contributes to the improvement of skin especially to those already in age whose skin tend to wrinkle. The extract contains light, small molecules that are absorbable. GSE acts as an alpha hydroxy acid that’s why some skincare products have it as an ingredient also due to its exfoliating properties.

Maintains Skin Elasticity

The polyphenols are proven to be excellent binders of collagen fibers for the enhancing of connective tissues, and overall maintaining the elasticity of your skin.

Wound healing

Treating wounds can be speeded up with GSE. According to researchers, there’s evidence of a “feasible and productive approach” in the extract to support dermal wound healing.

This also helps the cells to retain moisture for a fresher appearance.Protects from Sun Burn and Damage

When GSE is applied to skin, prior to UV light exposure, the compounds may produce a sunscreen effect that reduce redness and damage to cells.

Improves Skin Appearance

The oil from grape seeds gives a rich, moisturizing and gentle touch proven to hyrdrate the skin and deliver vitamins in the membranes of skin cells that help cling on moisture.

It’s an effective skin exfoliant because it kills the top layer of dead cells, revealing the smoother, healthier skin underneath.

Anti-bacterial and Anti-fungal

Because GSE has the compound called reservatol, it therefore has anti-inflammatory properties responsible for treating dermatitis, infections, cuts, and excessive exposure to the sun’s rays.

Overall, the seed we often throw away from our mouth when eating grapes shouldn’t be underestimated nor ignored now. It can perform magic once it gets extracted into a nutritious juice or supplement.

The GSE is a multi-tasker that caters to both our inner health and physical features. There shouldn’t be surprise when the demand for it gets high in the market.

Watch out for this proclaimed ‘health superstar.’

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