I saw this today and thought I would share it with you guys.

Ingredients Demystified from FitDoc in the message boards.

Grape Seed Extract

Grape seed extract is just that, extract from grapeseeds. Big whoop.

Well, it turns out, it is a big whoop.

Grape seed extract is a great source of procyanidins (proanthocyanidins). Procyanidins (PCs) are the most abundant polyphenols in red wine and grape seeds. Many studies have demonstrated that moderate consumption of red wine is associated with reduced risk of death and of cardiovascular disease. Also, numerous in vivo and in vitro studies have shown that PCs of red wine and other foods contribute to cardioprotection through different ways: they have a strong antioxidant capacity, act as anti-inflammatory agents, decrease arterial pressure, improve plasma lipid profile and the heart disease risk index.

Bottom line, evidence shows that GSE may play a role in anti-aging, anti-cancer, protect against stomach ulcers, and may even play a role in preventing heart disease and diabetes.

Anti-aging

A study in elderly rats (these are the blue-haired rats found walking around their cages with the help of little rat walkers with mini-tennis balls on the front) showed that those given GSE learned how to navigate a maze more quickly than the non-GSE rats. It suggests that GSE may play a role in delaying age-related cognitive decline.
Gend Med. 2008; 5(Suppl A): S76–S90.

Other anti aging studies have shown that GSE can inhibit deposits in the brain called A-beta peptides. Thes A-beta peptides are strongly associated with Alzeimers and age related dementia.

Anti-Cancer

Several studies show GSE may inhibit cancer cell growth and cause cancer cells to die off. Positive findings were found in several different types of cancers including squamous cell cancer of the mouth, prostate cancer, and others.

Diabetes/heart disease

A brand new article came out this past May in the journal Diabetic Medicine. It looked at 32 people with type 2 diabetes in a randomized, double-blinded trial. They wanted to see if there was any effect on new markers of diabetes and heart disease risk when people consume GSE.

Following GSE (but not placebo), significant improvements were noted in fructosamine, an index of glucose control, as well as markers of inflamation and cardiovascular stress. Total cholesterol concentration also decreased.

They concluded:
GSE significantly improved markers of inflammation and glycaemia (blood sugar levels) and a marker of oxidative stress in obese Type 2 diabetic subjects at high risk of cardiovascular events over a 4-week period, which suggests it may have a therapeutic role in decreasing cardiovascular risk.

Cool stuff!

Again, I’m just showing the studies- not making any claims. Shakeology is a dietary supplement. As such, it is not intended to treat of cure any disease.

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