It’s hard to miss the recent headlines about hemp and CBD. Research into the humble hemp plant’s potential for treating a wide range of health problems has exploded lately! A major reason people are so attracted to hemp and CBD products is that their benefits are proving to be as effective as many prescription drugs, without causing unwanted side effects.
Q. Dear Terry, “I am experiencing frequent headaches from prescription drug withdrawal. I am under a doctor’s care, but don’t want to take what they have to offer for the headaches. What do you suggest?” — Cheryl H., Atlanta, GA
Q. Dear Terry, “My adult daughter was just diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome. I’ve never heard of this before and I want to help her find some natural options that can help. What should she try?” — Shayna P., Twin Falls, ID
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Antioxidant compounds from grape seeds called oligomeric proanthocyanidins or OPCs help protect the circulatory system by reducing blood pressure, protecting blood vessel walls from free radical activity and dangerous oxidation, and discouraging blood clots. In one Italian clinical study, people with either pre- or mild hypertension were split into three groups. Two of the groups received either a low or high dose of grape seed extract while the third group served as a control group with simple changes to diet and exercise. At the end of the four-month trial, both grape seed extract groups saw an improvement in blood pressure, with those at the higher dosage noticing the most dramatic effects. It was so pronounced that blood pressure numbers normalized in 93 percent of those in the higher dosage group.
Other scientific studies have shown that grape seed extract helps prevent blood clots from forming without thinning the blood, lowers blood pressure, and shields blood vessels from free radical damage. Since the mighty grape seed can do so much for the circulatory system, make sure that you select a supplement that provides optimal absorbability. Grape seed OPCs must have a low molecular weight small enough to guarantee absorption. Check to ensure that your supplement is also tannin-free, as tannins are not well utilized by the body.
So often, when people make mistakes, they get down on themselves and think, “If only...” “I should have...” “What if...?” It’s easy to feel like you’ve missed the best plan for your life. That’s when people get discouraged and stop pursuing their God-given dreams. But understand today, just because you’ve made a mistake or failed in some way doesn’t cancel God’s plan. God never disqualifies you. He never says, “Go sit on the sidelines. You’ve blown it too many times. You’ve got too many weaknesses.” No, God always gives you another chance!
Some of the great people in the Bible made very poor choices. The apostle Paul started off as a murderer, yet his destiny was bigger than his mistakes. He ended up becoming a great leader and writing over half of the New Testament.
What am I saying? Our mistakes, our failures, our poor choices don’t have to keep us from our God-given destiny. With God, it’s not about the way you start in life, it’s about the way you finish. Receive His grace today and embrace the bright future He has in store for you!
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“Make failure your teacher, not your undertaker.” —Zig Ziglar: American author, salesman, and motivational speaker
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
“Father, thank You for Your grace and mercy to me. I trust that my days are ordered of You. I ask that You strengthen and empower me to fulfill Your call on my life. I love You and bless You today in Jesus’ name. Amen.”