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Many of us work hard to maintain our muscle stamina and flexibility. If you don't, you should. You should also consider what kind of shape are you in, inside? Are your blood vessels - which continuously carry blood to your muscles - also in great shape?

Scientific evidence shows adding quality grape seed extract to your diet may improve your blood flow and reduce your chances of having a heart attack or stroke, and may also benefit your daily work-out routine.

Researchers have long claimed that red wine, concord and rubired grape juice, as well as high-quality grape seed extracts, are good for the heart. Some studies indicate that substances found in grapes and grape seed extracts may:

1. Reduce your risk of cancer and strokes.

2. Reduce hypertension (high blood pressure) and improve circulation.

3. Reduce atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)

4. Increase calorie burning

5. Nourish organs and muscles, helping them to work more effectively.

6. Enhance physical endurance.

You would have to eat a lot of grapes or raisins, or drink gallons of wine, to consume the same level of active components analyzed in most studies. While this would not be practical for the average consumer, there is a better way.

High-quality grape seed extract is an excellent alternative because it is a pure source of procyanidins, compounds believed to be responsible for grape's benefits without the added calories, sugar or alcohol.

Grape seed extracts have properties that are comparable to another well-known molecule: Nitric Oxide (NO), as the two have similar metabolic pathways. One patented ingredient, available as Mega-Natural-BP, has been shown to affect the flexibility of blood vessels. Blood vessel walls are, like all tissue, a collection of cells. This grape seed extract acts on the endothelial cells which contributes to the tone, or flexibility, of the blood vessel wall.

This powerful circulatory effect lends the use of premium grape seed extract to at least three applications that appeal to the health-conscious, waistline watchers and muscle heads(gym buffs) alike.

According to the 2006 Update of Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics published in Circulation, about one in three U.S. adults have hypertension, or high blood pressure. It's the number one risk factor for having a stroke, and contributes to heart attacks, heart failure, kidney failure and hardening of the arteries.

A recent study indicates grape seed extract may help in all of those areas - a major benefit to anyone concerned with his or her long-term health. That's great news for the one third of adults who must manage this condition.

Adam Webster is the author of numerous health related articles and books. His latest Liver Detox & Grape Seed Extract related articles can be found at: