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grape seed extract

Has anybody else done grape seed extract..it is more portent than vitamin C and I've been doing it for the last 2 years and I'm not as sick as I usually am!   Wondering if other people have tried the same for allergies and asthma.   I still get sinus infections and allergy issues but nothing like I used to.    Anybody else try this?     For me at least, it's helping me out…I used to have so many sick days from work, now not as much!

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  • Kathy P

    That's awesome that you aren't getting as sick. Are you using it as a supplement?

    I've used it topically on skin infections. It's supposed to be a really good antimicrobial. I add several drops to my nasal rinse. I checked with my doctor before using it that way.

  • lisalisa29

    Yes, I'm taking as a daily supplement.  I take magnesium too.  Those are my 2 that are working for me.   I feel better.

  • Kathy P

    I take magnesium as well, but it's part of my calcium/magnesium/VitD for osteopenia. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Lisa, so glad that is working for you … we have to be careful about supplements and extracts because my DD is has food allergies.

    Have you taken a look at AAFA's blog series about complementary medicine? It's called 

    I've seen members like @Shea and @GigiGibson develop really great relationships with their asthma specialist and work out great ways to try various kinds of complementary medicine.

    What advice would you give others about how to talk to doctors about things like this? How did you approach your doctor about wanting to try things like grape seed extract and magnesium supplements? 

  • Venkata Aspari

    Hanging around in these forums is making me learn so many new things. Thank you for sharing guys. I went to examine.com to look further about grapeseed extract and I found a few more herbs that could be beneficial for asthma, boswellia serrata and coleus forskohlii. Wonder if anybody has experience with these?!

  • GigiGibson

    Hi guys, I use vitamin c, a really quality brand from the vitamin shop, I take 1000mg twice a day, boswellia, NAC, magOx 250mg, collagen supplement for joint health, adrenal support caps and hair skin and nails complex. When I stop any of them I have issues so I keep on. My doctor said if I feel better to go for it. 

  • lisalisa29

    I am interested also in collagen supplement for joint health too…what kind do you use?   

  • Shea

    This past Christmas I learned so much about Boswellia (a few people mentioned they take it)–it is the tree that either frankincence or myrrh extracts come from–both of those essential oils have a lot of benefits if you read up on them. I have the essential oils and mix them in my diffuser sometimes for aroma therapy. I did not know you could get the boswellia supplement itself, I will have to look into it. I cannot do grapeseed extract because I am allergic to grapes :/ .

    I need to get back on my supplements! I buy them, take them for a bit–then forget about them :/    Part of my problem is I havent unpacked them from my move yet! I will put it on tomorrow's agenda!

    I definitely need to take my  calcium-magnesium-vit d supplement for osteopenia from long term prednisone use. 

    I also have a b12 supplement in liquid form I try to remember to take after breakfast because it is supposed to help with my fatigue. 

    I have a Moringa tree that eventually I will harvest leaves and make tea with, and there are some recipes I found using it.  It is pretty small right now, so I want to let it grow a little more. It is known as the tree of life, and has very high vit c amongst other vitamins. Third world countries struggling with hunger problems plant them in yards and they provide a huge benefit because of their huge nutrtional profile. One woman raved to me about its benefits to her asthmatic daughter takung a Moringa supplement. I bought a tree a while ago from a nursery, and even brought it with me when I moved. I figure I will try it in non-supplement form first (I am more comfortable eating a food than taking a supplement). 

    And people are right to check with your doctor before taking supplements! I have to consider my food allergies, heart history, current medications, and disease itself. A rheumatologist told me not to take a lot of supplements that are geared toward strengthening immune function because I have an overactive immune system as part of my immune disease. My system is so delicate that I get scared trying new things and if I do start a supplement, I research it a lot myself first especially contraindications, then run it by my doctor (specialist), then test it out ONE at a time and pay attention to how it affects you over a months time. 

    In my experience, regular doctors often do not like supplements because they are outside of their expertise. They like vitamins though and things they can check in your blood if its low or not. Some supplements do have a lot of science and studies behind them, so I do not want to miss out on that. Regulating supplements is different than medicines though and/ getting quality supplements and vitamins is difficult too. So it is a big decision for me lol. 

  • K8sMom2002
    Shea posted:

    And people are right to check with your doctor before taking supplements! I have to consider my food allergies, heart history, current medications, and disease itself. A rheumatologist told me not to take a lot of supplements that are geared toward strengthening immune function because I have an overactive immune system as part of my immune disease. My system is so delicate that I get scared trying new things and if I do start a supplement, I research it a lot myself first especially contraindications, then run it by my doctor (specialist), then test it out ONE at a time and pay attention to how it affects you over a months time. 

    Shea, what a good point about each person's body and health situation is unique and will react to various supplements and medications!

    A few things my doctor had cautioned me to keep in mind:

    • Natural doesn't always mean safe … Hemlock is 100% natural AND 100% deadly!
    • Supplements aren't regulated by the FDA, so you can't know for certain that they are pure and contain only what they say. 
    • Anything you take, eat or drink can make medications work differently, and your particular health situation or age can also make supplements work differently. 
    • Always include a list of vitamins and supplements when your doctor asks for a  medication list.