Grapeseed oil (also called Grape seed oil or grape oil) is pressed from the seeds of grapes, and is thus an abundant by-product of winemaking. There are two primary uses for grapeseed oil: cosmetics and culinary applications. It is claimed to have all sorts of health benefits, but others disagree. Wondering what are the true benefits of grapeseed oil? This article has all the information you need.
Grape Seed Extract for Cancer Prevention
The skin and seeds of grapes are rich in proanthocyanidins, antioxidant flavonoids that remove harmful free radicals from cells. There are more than a few studies over the years, which show that grape seeds have anti-cancer components which work on breast, prostate, leukemia cells, head and neck cancer cells, and colorectal tumor growth. A important finding in the University of Kentucky study is that the grapeseed extract was not toxic to normal, healthy cells even as it helped cancer cells commit suicide, which means healing can take place without suffering the negative side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.
Grapeseed oil has anti-inflammatory properties
The main antioxidants found in grapeseed oil are, vitamin E and oligomeric proanthocyanidin. Oligomeric proanthocyanidin is an extremely powerful antioxidant, being 20 times stronger than vitamin C and 50 times more effective than vitamin E. Due to the anti-inflammatory properties of oligomeric proanthocyanidin, grapeseed oil may help alleviate pain and inflammation associated with several conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis. It may help speed up the wound healing process as well. A simple remedy is to start taking 1 teaspoon of grapeseed oil daily on an empty stomach for 7 days and then reduce the amount to 1/2 teaspoon daily on an empty stomach.
Grapeseed oil for skin
Many people use grapeseed oil for skin, basically for its emollient properties. Studies have shown that the antioxidant activity of Grapeseed 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. The linoleic acid found in grapeseed oil is believed to have anti-allergen and anti-inflammatory properties, for which it may help alleviate skin conditions, like acne, dermatitis, allergic reactions, and atopic eczema. A simple remedy for these skin conditions is to apply grapeseed Oil onto the affected skin 2-3 times daily. Regular oral intake of Grapeseed Extract supplements can also add to the benefits.
Grapeseed oil for hair
Like olive oil and coconut oil, grapeseed oil is an effective natural hair moisturizer and conditioner. Probably one of the best reasons why you should use grapeseed oil for hair is the fact that it is odorless. However, grapeseed oil surpasses its counterparts in its ability to address problems such as weakened hair, hair loss, and dandruff. Try covering your hair and massaging your scalp with heated grapeseed oil. Wrap a towel around your head overnight, and wash it out in the morning for glossier, healthier hair.
Safety of grapeseed oil
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. The recommended daily intake for grapeseed oil is 25-45 g per day, around 2-4 tablespoons per day. This supplement may also enhance the effects of blood thinners such as warfarin. If you are taking blood thinning medications or have bleeding disorders, ask your doctor before taking grape seed extract.