During the winemaking process, grape seeds aren’t used. Instead of throwing them away, oil is extracted from them and therefore we have grapeseed oil. This oil is a natural beauty product and is even promoted as an alternative to unhealthy vegetable oils.
While there are controversies surrounding the safety consumption of grapeseed oil, it does contain several nutrients and can provide many health benefits, including:
1. Grapeseed oil contains polyunsaturated fatty acids, including omega-6 fatty acids. The American Heart Association stated that the fatty acids are beneficial to the heart.
2. The oil is also rich in vitamin E – even higher than olive oil. The vitamin is a type of antioxidant that can protect the cells against free radicals. It is also known to contribute to fighting chronic illnesses, such as heart disease and cancer.
3. The same vitamin mentioned in #2 is also useful in improving the health of the immune system.
4. While there is not enough evidence yet, there are some experts who say that vitamin E may be able to help slow down the progress of dementia.
5. Also because of vitamin E, grapeseed oil can withstand heat. Cooking with the oil is considered much safer than those with low smoke point.
6. Many beauty products feature grapeseed oil. It is present in hair and skin care products. The combination of vitamin E and omega 6 can remove free radicals in the body and in the skin. This helps fight skin dryness, discoloration, and other signs of aging.
7. Grapeseed oil has many beauty uses, including lightening the skin, tightening the pores, healing acne, and moisturizing the skin. There are many products with grapeseed oil as the main ingredient to reduce scar appearance as well. It is even used to treat nail fungus, along with tea tree oil.
8. Grapeseed oil can be used directly on the skin and doesn’t make you feel oily. You can massage it on your face after washing before you sleep. Grapeseed will not clog pores, making it a great option for all skin types.
9. This oil is also used for the hair and scalp, particularly those with dandruff. Grapeseed oil can help restore hair moisture, while loosening dead skin cells on the scalp. Grapeseed is much lighter than coconut and olive oil, so your hair won’t feel greasy and heavy.
Grapeseed oil is a natural product, but may cause allergic reaction. You should stop use if you experience redness, rashes, or itching.