Grape Seed Extract
Grape seed extract is extracted from grapes. Grapes, a member of the berry fruit family, have long been considered a nutrition powerhouse with medicinal use dating back to ancient Greece. Their seeds contain a unique class of plant compounds called oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes (OPCs) that contain strong antioxidant qualities of potential benefit to a highly trained athlete. As an athlete hits the peak of training, where total volume and intensity often reach uncharted levels, the production of free radicals and oxidative stress may exceed the body’s natural defenses, causing damage to muscle tissue and inhibiting optimal recovery from training. Grape seed, whose antioxidant abilities have been shown to be 20-50 times more potent than such popular antioxidants as beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E, helps strengthen and protect cell membranes, including that of muscle tissue, from oxidative damage caused by elevated levels of circulating free radicals during times of exercise stress.