Health Benefits of Grape Seed Oil
Unlike super foods and resveratrol, the benefits of grape seed oil will seem miniscule. (By the way, it's often referred to as grapeseed oil - in case you've seen it spelled that way).
Grape seed oil does have a few healthy benefits worth noting. Like extra virgin olive oil, it is low in saturated fat, yet is high in poly-saturated fats like omega 6. Grape seed oil does contain linoleic acid, which is an important nutrient that the body must ingest. It's also a good source of Vitamin E.
That's about it as far as the health benefits of grape seed oil go. While resveratrol is rampant in grapes, it is entirely absent in the seeds. And since the seeds are pressed to get to the oil, the antioxidants in the seeds don't transfer either.
Other than a good cooking oil (as long as you use it within a month of opening it), it's a much better hair care product than food source. And "environmentalists" like it because it is made as a byproduct of wine production - which means less waste.
The best part about grape seed oil is its smoking point. Unlike other cooking oils, this one doesn't start to smoke until it gets to 421 degrees Fahrenheit. And it is a simple and tasty substitute to other cooking oils.
Oddly enough though, the high smoking point doesn't come into play when making most dishes.
Cooks and food connoisseurs alike rave about grape seed oil on salads because of its lack of taste and ability to accentuate the taste of the food it is on.
Speaking of using it raw, grape seed oil makes for a great rub, especially if you add the Himalayan pink sea salt. There is something about these two ingredients together that makes chicken and fish taste so good.
Grape Seed Oil for Hair and Skin Care
One of the non-food benefits of grape seed oil its ability to moisturize. It's used in shampoo, soap and skin care products as a way to leave the skin feeling soft and supple.
Most say that the linoleic acid and antioxidants are what protect the skin and make it soft. But it's really just the chemical structure of the oil. The molecules interact with skin molecules unlike many other oils. That's also why it is used so often in the aromatherapy arts and massages.
Grape seed oil is often referred as an acne treatment. But the studies I've come across appear to me that the acne reduction is more a part of the extensive face washing before and after using the oil than it is the oil itself.
The purveyors of homemade shampoo recipes champion the benefits of grape seed oil as they pertain to hair restoration. For shiny and healthy hair, it is essential that it should be treated with oil. Oiling the hair is also necessary to keep the hair free from dandruff, hair loss, hair breakage, split ends and almost any other common hair problems.
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