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Grape Seed Extract Health Benefits

There are numerous wonderful health benefits of grape seed extract! The grape seed extract is derived from the seeds of a certain type of red wine grape. It has been used in Europe to treat a wide range of conditions and diseases for thousands of years. So, let’s take a closer look at some of the health benefits of grape seed extract.

The grape seed extract health benefits are mostly derived from the fact that it contains something called oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs), a class of polyphenols. OPC’s are potent anti-oxidants with anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-disease properties. The OPCs found in grape seed extract are 50Xs more potent than the antioxidant vitamin E and 20Xs more potent than the antioxidant vitamin C. Therefore, grape seed extract is considered to be a super antioxidant.

Health Benefits of Grape Seed Extract

1. Reduces Blood Pressure

Grape seed extract is a smooth muscle relaxant in blood vessels. Damaged blood vessels can lead to elevated blood pressure. The antioxidants found in grape seed extract can protect the blood vessels from the damage caused by free radicals. Multiple research studies have shown that it can significantly reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressure in individuals with high blood pressure (hypertension) [0].

2. Reduces Oxidative Stress

Something called free radicals are naturally produced inside the body. Without any intervention, the free radicals interact with oxygen and cause oxidative stress in the body. This oxidative stress is what leads to premature aging, chronic inflammation, and ultimately a variety of chronic diseases. Grape seed extract contains powerful antioxidants that can counteract and prevent the damage caused by free radicals.

3. Improves Blood Circulation

Among many other things, poor blood circulation is associated with cardiovascular disease, weakened immune response, poor wound healing, and swelling in the arms and legs. Multiple studies have shown that grape seed extract can help improve venous insufficiencies that can cause edema and swelling. Therefore, grape seed extract can help to improve wound healing after surgery while reducing blood clots and swelling.

4. Reduces Blood Sugar Levels

Another one of the health benefits of grape seed extract is that grape seed extract can reduce elevated blood sugar levels after eating a meal. Research shows that it acts as an alpha-glucosidase inhibitor. Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors (AGIs) are a group of antidiabetic drugs used to manage type 2 diabetes. After eating a meal, the grape seed extract can hinder the uptake of sugar from the intestinal track thereby reducing blood sugar levels. Research also shows that it can help with eye disease related to diabetes.

5. Inhibits the Breakdown of Collagen

An additional one of the health benefits of grape seed extract is that it inhibits the breakdown of collagen. Collagen is responsible for maintaining many essential structures inside and outside the body. In the cardiovascular system, collagen helps to maintain the health of the blood vessels themselves. Collagen is also responsible for maintaining healthy hair, nails, teeth, bone, skin, and joints. Therefore, grape seed extract can help to improve blood vessel health, enhance wound healing after surgery, reduce varicose veins, and act as an anti-aging supplement while reducing joint pain and improving bone and joint health.

6. Improves Brain Health/Function

The super antioxidants found in grape seed extract also protects the brain against neurodegenerative diseases. The same free radicals mentioned earlier are associated with the formation of amyloid plaques in the brain that leads to things like Alzheimer’s disease.

7. Improves Kidney Function

Kidney function often declines in persons with a long history of high blood pressure and/or diabetes. Research has shown that this potent antioxidant improves kidney function in people with chronic kidney disease [0].

In Summary

Grape seed extract is a very powerful antioxidant. Therefore, grape seed extract can effectively help to improve and prevent a large range of conditions. Without intervention by antioxidants, these ailments will otherwise naturally occur based upon our diet, genetics, and environmental factors. This concludes the health benefits of grape seed extract.

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Keto Sausage Soup

This delicious keto soup is a keto sausage and bean soup! It is one of the recipes featured in the SIMPLE – Fall 2022 Edition of the keto magazine. There you can find additional keto soup recipes and more. Some keto soup recipes can make the perfect fall keto comfort foods. With a warm and creamy soup base paired with savory pieces of sausage and keto beans, this soup is a delight.

Keto Sausage and Bean Soup

The Beans

Most beans are high in carbs and are therefore not keto. However, among the many other health benefits of soy beans, they are low in carbs and high in fiber! Therefore, you can eat soy beans on a keto diet. There are two main types that you can cook and eat. You have the bagged Shiloh Farms Organic Yellow Soy Beans like the ones used in this recipe. Then, there are the canned Eden Organic Black Soy Beans or the bagged Shiloh Farms Organic Black Soy Beans.

The Vegetables

The main vegetables used in this sausage and bean soup recipe are mainly used for seasoning the soup. Therefore, the vegetables included are minced bell peppers, minced yellow onions, diced Roma tomatoes, fresh oregano leaves, and minced garlic. These fresh vegetables and herbs are sauteed in olive oil before they are added to the soup.

The Soup

The soup is finally brought together with heavy cream, marinara sauce, sausage, and fresh green onions. The heavy cream and marinara sauce thicken the soup and helps to give it a delicious flavor. For the sausage, the little beef smokies are used instead of traditional sausage links. In this way, you can get the yummy flavor of sausage with each bite of the keto sausage and bean soup.

Keto Sausage and Bean Soup

Keto Sausage and Bean Soup

Delicious sausage and bean soup recipe!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 28 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 3 servings

Ingredients
  

The Beans:

The Vegetables:

  • 1 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1/3 c. Bell Peppers Minced
  • 1/3 c. Yellow Onions Minced
  • 1/3 c. Roma Tomatoes Diced
  • 1 tbsp. Oregano Leaves Fresh
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Minced, Jar

The Soup:

  • 1 c. Beef Little Smokies 8 Smokies
  • 1/2 c. Heavy Cream
  • 1/4 c. Marinara Sauce
  • Garnished With Green Onions

Instructions
 

The Beans:

  • Place the needed amount of the “starter” (precooked) beans recipe in a small pot.
  • Add the beef bouillon powder, onion powder, garlic powder and water.
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to let simmer for 15 minutes or until tender.

The Vegetables:

  • Sauté the minced bell pepper, onions, Roma tomatoes, oregano, and garlic in a skillet with olive oil over medium heat.
  • When the vegetables and beans are tender, add the vegetables to the pot with the beans.

The Soup:

  • Slice the little smokies and add them to the pot of beans and vegetables with the heavy cream and marinara sauce.
  • Stir and let simmer for 8-10 minutes until the flavors merge. You can add a small amount of water as needed.
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In Summary

This is a wonderful keto soup recipe for fall or winter. You can eat it alone or with a piece of the keto breads. Either way, enjoy making this delicious keto sausage and bean soup recipe.

Keto Candied Hazelnut Recipe

These keto candied hazelnuts are a delicious way to add more flavor to your fall and winter comfort foods. With this recipe you have the naturally yummy and distinct taste of hazelnuts paired with the wonderful taste of a sugar free cinnamon nutmeg candy coating. With all three flavors combined, you end up with a uniquely yummy keto candied hazelnut recipe! If you have not already done so, you can find a series of keto hazelnut recipes in the SIMPLE- 2022 Fall Edition of the keto magazine.

Candied Hazelnuts

Ingredients

These keto candied hazelnuts are prepared with hazelnuts, butter, sugar, syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract.

  • Hazelnuts – This recipe was prepared with raw unsalted hazelnuts. Therefore, it is low in sodium. However, lightly salted hazelnuts would also be a yummy addition to the recipe.
  • Butter – The butter is used along with the syrup and sugar mixture. Of course, it contributes to the overall flavor of the keto candied hazelnuts. A salted or unsalted butter can be used.
  • Sugar – A granulated monk fruit with erythritol is the keto sugar substitute used for making the candy.
  • Syrup – Instead of using corn syrup, an original flavored sugar free syrup is added to prepare the candy.
  • Cinnamon/Nutmeg – Cinnamon usually steals the show in a recipe like this. However, the cinnamon powder and nutmeg powder are added in equal amounts. Therefore, you end up with the delicious, distinct taste of nutmeg. The keto hazelnut cookies (recipe in magazine) are made with a similarly yummy taste.
  • Vanilla – The sweet aroma and taste of vanilla extract is finally used to bring all the flavors together.
Candied Hazelnuts

Candied Hazelnuts (Keto)

Delicious keto hazelnut recipe!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Refrigerate 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 servings
Calories 41 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Line a cookie sheet with a piece of parchment paper and set all of the needed ingredients/supplies near the stove. Do not forget the oven mitt.
  • Then place the butter in a small pot over medium heat.
  • Once the butter starts melting, add monk fruit in the raw and then the sugar free syrup.
  • Mix it all together and then add the cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder, and vanilla extract.
  • Keep the stove set to a medium heat and continue stirring until you see quarter sized bubbles form.
  • At this point you can add the hazelnuts.
  • Allow the keto candied hazel nuts to cook for another minute and then remove the pot from the stove.
  • Keep stirring the candy mixture for 30 seconds to a minute until the candy start to slightly thicken. Then you can start quickly scooping little clusters of four hazelnuts onto the parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  • When finished, place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator to let the candy cool.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 41kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 9mgPotassium: 34mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 0.2gVitamin A: 24IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 0.2mg
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In Summary

This is another yummy keto fall recipe that can be enjoyed anytime. You may also like the keto chocolate covered hazelnuts! Take time to learn more about the health benefits of hazelnuts, health benefits of cinnamon, or health benefits of nutmeg. Enjoy making and eating the keto candied hazelnuts.

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