Vitis vinifera

Relieves premenstrual fluid retention

• Fluid retention is sometimes a symptom of heart problems or other serious health conditions, in which case medical treatment is required. Always talk to your doctor before commencing self-treatment.

• High doses of cranberry juice may cause diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms - if this occurs, discontinue use immediately.

• If you are taking warfarin or have a history of kidney stones, do not take medicinal quantities of cranberry except under professional supervision.

• If you have diabetes, avoid drinking high quantities of sugar-sweetened cranberry juice and do not take marsh mallow except under professional supervision, as it may affect blood sugar levels.

• Marsh mallow may interfere with the absorption of other medication, and grapeseed may reduce iron absorption, so separate doses by at least 2 hours.

• Don't use dandelion leaf if you are allergic to members of the Asteraceae family of plants (for example, daisies, echinacea).

• Grapeseed and dandelion leaf (and, particularly, the potassium found in dandelion) may interact with some medications, so check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking them.

• Do not use dandelion if you suffer from liver or gallbladder disease (including gall stones).

• Stop taking grapeseed at least 2 weeks before undergoing surgery.

• With the exception of normal culinary quantities of cranberry, do not take the herbs on this page if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, except under the advice of a healthcare professional.

Hormonal fluctuations during the menstrual cycle can cause troublesome fluid retention in some women. Although predominantly considered a remedy for the blood vessels, grapeseed extract has also been documented to effectively reduce premenstrual fluid retention and associated symptoms, including weight gain and abdominal pain and swelling. 0 DOS \(,l Look for grapeseed tablets or capsules that are standardized to provide 150 to 300 mg oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) per day, and take them during the second half of the menstrual cycle. You may need to take them for several months before experiencing the full benefits.


• UTIs are potentially serious - consult your doctor at the first sign of symptoms or if your symptoms worsen during treatment. Always investigate UTIs i" children immediately.

There are hundreds of cultivars of the grape vine, grown for fruit (fresh and dried) as well as wine.

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