The Health Benefits of Grapeseed Oil for Skin & Ingestion

Grapes and their oil have been praised for centuries for their healthful qualities, dating back 6,000 years to the Egyptians and Greeks.

Early folk healers of Europe used the sap from the vines for treatment on skin and eye disorders. Grapes, their leaves and the oil from the seeds were all used to treat smallpox, rashes and even cancer.

Gaining in popularity today, Grapeseed Oil is a light, odorless natural oil with a delicate flavor, derived from Italian grape seeds. From lowering cholesterol to reducing fine lines and wrinkles, it turns out that the oil inside those tiny seeds in grapes has a whole "bunch" of benefits! Top chefs are now cooking with grapeseed oil because of its amazing effect on enhancing the natural flavors of food. The late Master Chef, Jean Louis Palladin, noticed that his customers always felt

good after a meal cooked in grapeseed oil. It's one of the few foods known that not only reduces LDL (the bad cholesterol), but raises HDL (the good cholesterol). This helps to keep arteries clear. Grapeseed oil contains a high level of antioxidants, including vitamin E, which makes it not only healthy, but very stable.

Grapeseed Oil for the Skin

Grapeseed oil is a preferred cosmetic ingredient for damaged and stressed tissues, possessing regenerative and restructuring qualities which allow for strong control of skin moisturization. Because of it's high nutritional value, Grapeseed oil makes a superior quality topical oil and one that can be used as a base ingredient for skin care ointments which require healing and regenerative ingredients. The oil's mild astringent properties prevent it from clogging pores or causing breakouts. Also because of it's astringent qualities, it's application helps to tighten and tone the skin leaving it silky and lustrous. Grapeseed oil is a lightweight oil that absorbs into the skin quickly without leaving a heavy greasy feeling. This versatile oil is suitable for all skin types. 

Grapeseed Oil and it's Health Benefits
Antioxidant Grapeseed oil has been touted for elevating antioxidant levels in the blood. Antioxidants protect the body from harmful free radicals, which occur naturally but can increase in presence when exposed to certain medications, radiation and toxins in the environment. Free radicals can damage healthy cells and lead to heart disease, cancer and premature aging. Resveratrol, one of the antioxidant ingredients in grapeseed oil, can also be found in lesser concentrations in the skins of the grape.

Cholesterol Flavonoids, which are found in the skins and the oil from the seeds of the grape, are believed to promote healthy heart function and lower bad (LDL) cholesterol in people who take a supplement consistently over time. A study of 24 male smokers over the age of 50 who took grape seed oil supplements concluded that they helped to reduce oxidation, preventing further damage to their cardiovascular system.

Cancer Grapeseed oil can also help prevent or reduce the likelihood of damage to the liver due to chemotherapy. The oil has also proved beneficial in preventing cancer and helping reduce the spread of cancerous cells in laboratory testing on animals.

Anti-Inflammatory It has been shown to reduce the frequency and severity of abdominal pain and discomfort associated with pancreatitis, and it is used to treat cuts and scrapes and reduce swelling caused by sunburn.

Grapeseed Oil and Foods

In foods, grapeseed oil has numerous uses. It has a very high smoking point, so many people use grapeseed oil to fry foods. It can also be included in dressings and sauces, and since it emulsifies very well, it does not generally separate when used to make things like mayonnaise. The flavor is also unobtrusive, allowing diners to focus on the main component of the dish. Culinary grapeseed oil can also be flavored with the addition of things like peppers, truffle shavings, and herbs.

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