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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.


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.


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:

    What is the difference between grape seed and grape seed extract ?

  2. on said:

    It's fine to use it during the day but any oils work better at night because your skin recovers and reverses the damage better. It has UV protection and therefore is great throughout the day. Try using a carrier oil such as rosehip oil which is also packed with vitamins, essential fatty acids and anti-aging agents. Certain oils can't be mixed together but rosehip and grape seed oils can be mixed together for a good anti-aging, sun protection, and acne control moisturizer.

  3. on said:

    You can use it anytime. One thing to keep in mind is that oil will detox your skin, so you may have a bit of breakout, especially on the face. Mine did not last long, plus I used Neem oil at night to clear it up. The Grape Seed oil is not greasy and has a silky texture. I apply it to skin right after showering or bathing before drying my skin. It seems to moisturize the skin better that way.
    It is also good for the hair. A little bit goes a long way!

  4. on said:

    What is the difference between grape seed extract and grape seed oil?
    For 500mg capsule of grape seed oil, how many times you have to take it if you have arthritis of the neck/shoulder?

  5. on said:

    When I first heard about the benefits of grape seed oil I was skeptical. However, during the winter in particular my skin becomes so dry that it flakes and itches furiously. I began using the oil about a week ago and I have to tell you, my skin is much softer and less dry than ever. I apply it once a day in the evening after my shower. I use it on my face and body as well. Also, apply a quarter sized amount to your dry hair and then massage it in well to you hair and scalp. I leave it on for about 15 minutes and then shampoo as usual. Makes my hair very shiny and softer than ever. Love this product!

  6. on said:

    I make my own body oils for my mother and I find them better than the store bought stuff with added ingredients. But I wanted to know that why would applying grape seed oil directly on the skin temporarily turn the skin red? However, It goes away within a few minutes so I don't think it is due to an allergic reaction.

  7. on said:

    How come it says to use at night? Would I be able to use it during the day? Since I have dry skin I would like to put it on my face with my moisturizer during the day.

  8. on said:

    Buy your son a jar of organic coconut oil and have him begin washing his face using the oil cleansing method (google it). Use straight coconut oil or blend in no more than 2 drops Tea Tree Oil, also each time he washes (twice daily). oil dissolves oil and the healthy oils from coconut and grape seed oils will nourish his face as well as DECREASE the amount of pore-clogging oils that foster acne. Also purchase him a supplement called Sea Buckthorn Oil Blend and Omega 7 Blend. As he begins consuming healthy Omega's, the acne will cease, scars will fade and life becomes good once again.

  9. on said:

    I take Grape Seed Extract every night orally, before bed and I get so many compliments on how great my skin, hair, and nails look. I also know so many people who have testimonials on the Grape Seed for other ailments. I do not make any Medical claims but I do love the Natural benefits of this supplement and I encourage others to check out what it can do for them.

  10. on said:

    I am 54 years old and I get a lot of compliments on my facial skin. People who know me want to know why skin is clear and looks younger. I tell all who ask that I wash my face with an antibacterial soap like Cetaphil then apply organic, cold pressed grapeseed oil on my skin before I go to bed at night. I also use Queen Helen mint julep masque 2× weekly to clean out pores. The masque is great for getting rid of pimples. I used it when I was much younger and had skin problems. You should use grapeseed oil to help your skin look younger and healthier!

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