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Grape Seed Oil Health Benefits

What is Grape Seed Oil?

Grape Seed Oil Health Benefits

Grape Seed Extract and its oil is derived from the seeds of a grape. Due to their nutritional and medicinal properties grapes, their seeds, and leaves have been used in many home remedies for centuries. Grape Seed Oil is a great source of polyphenols - flavonoids, Essential Fatty Acid - linoleic acid, vitamin E, and oligomeric proanthocyanidin. These great components make grape seed extract an asset in the treatment of many minor to severe health conditions. It has also been used in the production of massage oils and balms, hair and hygienic products, face and body moisturizers, as well as in sunblocks and sunburn ointments.

What are the Benefits of Grape Seed Oil?

Studies suggest that Grape Seed Oil and its Extract constitute anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-histamine, anti-aging, anti-allergic, antimicrobial, and adaptogenic activity. Therefore, it has been beneficial in the treatment of a number of health issues which include: arthritis, edema, dermatitis, acne, wrinkles, dry and itchy skin, age spots, sun burns, chapped lips, wounds, bruising, stretch marks, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, chronic venous insufficiency, premature aging, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), weight loss, stress, dandruff, hair loss, warts, cardiovascular diseases especially atherosclerosis, hypertension, high cholesterol levels, diabetes, visual impairment, cataract, and macular degeneration. Studies also suggest that its free radical scavenging activity may strengthen the immune system and reduce the risk of developing cancer.

Uses of Grape Seed Oil

Acne and Dermatitis

Research suggests that the linoleic acid in Grape Seed Oil has anti-inflammatory, anti-allergen, acne reductive, and moisture retentive properties. It contains 73% of linoleic acid which may be beneficial in the treatment of acne, dermatitis, allergic reactions, atopic eczema and dry and itchy skin. A simple remedy for these skin conditions is to apply Grape Seed Oil onto the affected skin 2-3 times daily. Regular oral intake of Grape Seed Extract supplements can also add to the benefits.

Age Spots and Sun Burn

The rich nutrients in Grape Seed extract have been found to protect against UV radiation, and they have been found to lighten the effects on age spots and pigmented skin caused by ultra violet rays. Threfore simply taking Grapeseed supplements daily may heal and minimize the risk of sunburn and reduce the appearance of age spots. Applying a small amount of Grape Seed Oil onto affected skin areas can also be beneficial.

Cancer Prevention

A few studies suggest that regular oral intake of Grape Seed Extract may suppress the development of different types of cancers and may induce apoptosis - a process that triggers the self-destruction and elimination of damaged and superfluous cells in many cellular systems. Therefore, taking one Grapeseed capsule two to three times daily may be helpful as a preventive measure for people who are at a high risk of the disease. It may also help with liver damage and other side effects caused by chemotherapy medication.

Diabetes

A number of intensive studies have shown that oral intake of linoleic acid can reduce the complications associated with Diabetes. Therefore, regular consumption of Grape Seed Extract, which is rich in linoleic acid and other antiglycemic components, may help with diabetes and visual impairment in diabetics. A recommendation is to take one Grapeseed capsule twice daily.

Hemorrhoids

Varicose veins, spider veins and hemorrhoids are caused by damaged blood vessels and compromise the ability of the capillaries to manage blood flow in the veins, which results in pooling of the blood inside the veins. Grapeseed Oil contains oligomeric proanthocyanidin and flavonoids, which are known to help with capillary integrity. Therefore, taking one Grape Seed Extract capsule twice daily may be beneficial for damaged vessels, impaired capillary valves and poor blood circulation that cause hemorrhoids and varicose veins.

High Blood Pressure

Recent research has shown that Grape Seed may improve damaged blood vessels and help regulate high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. Therefore, taking one capsule of Grapeseed Extract daily may help improve cardiovascular health.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Studies have shown that Grape Seed Oil may improve the production of collagen which is important for maintaining healthy connective tissues in our joints. Its anti-inflammatory activity may also reduce the pain caused by arthritis. A simple remedy is to start taking 1 teaspoon of Grape Seed Oil daily on an empty stomach for 7 days and then reduce the amount to 1/2 teaspoon daily on an empty stomach.

Wrinkles and Stretch Marks

Studies have shown that the antioxidant activity of Grape Seed Extract may reduce the damage to skin cells and enhance the production of collagen and elastin which is important for strong and healthy looking skin. Therefore taking Grapeseed supplements daily may help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, stretch marks, and saggy skin. A suggested remedy is to also apply Grapeseed Oil onto the affected skin daily overnight. Alternatively, one to two drops of Grape Seed Oil can be added to your face moisturizer to enhance its effectiveness.

What are the Side Effects of Grape Seed Oil?

There are not any reported side effects or drug interactions with Grape Seed Extract when taken in moderation. The FDA has issued the GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) certification for Grape Seed Extract. However, an overdose of Grape Seed Extract may cause headache, nausea, dizziness and abdominal pain. As with any dietary oil, do not take more than the recommended dose of Grape Seed Oil because it may lead to diarrhea and soft stools. Do not take Grape Seed products if you are allergic to grapes. Additionally, if you are being treated for heart conditions, or are taking any cholesterol or blood pressure lowering medications or blood thinners, consult your doctor and regulate your cholesterol and blood pressure levels when using Grape Seed Oil or its Extract for therapeutic purposes. Grape Seed Oil is not recommended for cooking since it has a high concentration of polyunsaturated fat. Oils with high polyunsatured fat tend to quickly undergo oxidation when exposed to heat, which can cause the oil to become rancid.

Where and How to Buy Grape Seed Oil

Grape Seed Extract is available at most herbal food and drug stores. It can be purchased in the form of capsules, tablets, oil and powder. When buying Grape Seed Oil, look for cold-pressed organic oil since it retains most of the natural beneficial ingredients compared to the chemically pressed oils.

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  1. on said:

    Grapeseed is the only oil I use for salad dressings, paired with balsamic vinegar and spices. I also use Grapeseed oil for most high heat cooking. Or I use coconut oil!

  2. on said:

    Coconut oil is effective for oil pulling because it contains fatty acids that kill bacteria. Grapeseed oil does not contain these same fatty acids, so I doubt it protects your teeth like coconut oil does.

  3. on said:

    As far as taking grapeseed oil internally, it might be best to treat this oil like a vitamin (i.e. only small amounts are needed). The main fatty acid in grapeseed oil is linoleic acid, and it is an essential fat. An essential fat is one you need to consume in your diet because your body can't make it for itself. You might want to consume the RDA for this nutrient, and not much more. Actually there is no RDA, but there are guidelines in the form of "Adequate Intake", and for linoleic acid, it's about 4 grams per day. This is the amount of linoleic acid found in 1 teaspoon of grapeseed oil. There is some evidence that high consumption of polyunsaturated fats can lead to increased chances for developing certain cancers. So while it's good in small amounts, you probably don't want much more than about 1tbsp of grapeseed oil per day. And since linoleic acid is found in most fats, you are probably getting more than enough in your regular diet without supplementing with grapeseed or other vegetable oils. I will say that grapeseed oil does work nice on your skin; sealing in moisture without ever feeling oily or causing breakouts.

  4. on said:

    Hi, Can grapeseed oil be directly applied over skin with blisters? My father has blisters on his feet and he is diabetic. If yes, can you also recommend how we should clean his feet before applying the grapeseed oil? Should he wash it with warm, or cold water, or with tap water?

  5. on said:

    How did you use the coconut oil for your cavities? Did you gargle with it, or rubbed it on the affected area with a Q-tip, or used it some other way?

    Thanks!

  6. on said:

    No, only coconut oil works for that. I tried it when I had 3 cavities but it didn't work and when I tried coconut oil, it made them disappear in 11 days!

  7. on said:

    Could Grapeseed Oil also help those who have insomnia or difficulty sleeping?

  8. on said:

    Would grape seed oil be good to use in homemade salad dressings?

  9. on said:

    What about using grape seed oil for oil pulling? I use it currently for hair and skin issues but have recently become interested in the process of oil pulling. Thank you.

  10. on said:

    I am taking butchers broom and ascorbic acid as vit C for (CVI) chronic venous insufficiency. Can I take grape seed extract along with it.


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