Grapeseed oil is made from grapes, and it’s usually a leftover by-product of wine making. After pressing the juice from grapes, the wine is made, and the seeds are left behind. Then oils are extracted from the crushed seeds. Maybe it seems odd that oil is held within the seed of a fruit, but in fact, a small amount of some type of fat is found in just about every seed, even in seeds of legumes, grains, vegetables and so on. So what are the grapeseed oil benefits?
Studies suggest that grapeseed oil with its extract constitute antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-aging, and adaptogenic activity. Therefore grapeseed oil benefits are numerous.
Grapeseed oil is a great source of essential fatty acid – linoleic acid, polyphenols – flavonoids, oligomeric proanthocyanidin, and vitamin E. These great components make grapeseed extract beneficial in the treatment of many health conditions.
Health issues in which it is beneficial to include:
- age spots
- dry and itchy skin
- chapped lips
- stretch marks
- varicose veins
- chronic venous insufficiency
- premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- premature aging
- weight loss
- hair loss
- cardiovascular diseases especially atherosclerosis
- high cholesterol levels
- visual impairment
- macular degeneration
Studies also suggest that it may boost the immune system and reduce the risk of developing cancer.
It is also used in the production of hair and hygienic products, massage balms and oils, body and face moisturizers, as well as in sunburn ointments and sun blocks.
Some additional grapeseed oil remedies:
- ACNE AND DERMATITIS – for these skin conditions you can apply grapeseed oil onto the affected skin 2-3 times a day.
- AGE SPOTS AND SUNBURN – Grapeseed oil protects against UV radiation and lightens the effects on pigmented skin caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays and age spots. By taking grapeseed supplements every day you can reduce the appearance of age spots and minimize and heal the risk of sunburn. You can also apply a small amount of grapeseed oil on the affected skin areas.
- RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS – take 1 teaspoon a day of grapeseed oil on an empty stomach, for 7 days and then reduce to 1/2 teaspoon a day.
If you buy and use grapeseed oil, look for the highest quality you can get your hands on. Always look for organic, cold-pressed oil — which is ideally even when purchasing extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil.
There are not any reported drug interactions side effects when grapeseed oil is taken in moderation.