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Grape Seed Oil - Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects

By pressing the seeds of grapes, we get Grapeseed oil. It is what’s left after making the grape wine as most of the grape seeds are left unattended. We press these seeds and get grape oil out of them.

Many households use Grapeseed oil as a healthy replacement for their normal vegetable oil.

It has been a very popularly used beauty product ingredient for its numerous healing and beauty-enhancing properties.

Multiple vitamins and omega fatty acids make grapeseed the most wanted oil of the generation. 

Health benefiting properties of Grapeseed Oil:

NCBI conducted a study on phenols of the Grapeseed oil and found the following:

The antioxidant and free radical scavenging abilities of phenols have been demonstrated both in vivo and in vitro, protecting more than vitamins E or C and β-carotene.

Other activities—such as anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiulcer, and anticancer—have also been reported.

Health Benefits & Uses of Grapeseed Oil:

  • Omega-6 Fatty Acids

Grapeseed oil has a good amount of omega-6 fatty acids which are really rare to find and absorb from normal or regular vegetable and cooking oils.

It has polyunsaturated fatty acids that are very beneficial for your heart’s health. 

You should consume omega 3 and 6 fatty acids in some amount regularly. Grapeseed oil can be included in your diet to achieve the desired nutrition from the oil.

  • Vitamin E

Grapeseed oil is said to have more vitamin E than olive oil. This vitamin is extremely important as it helps reduce the amount of fat, it is also known as the fat-soluble vitamin.

Vitamin E plays the role of an antioxidant in grapeseed oil that helps treat chronic stress, reduces the progression of dementia and improves and boosts the immune system as well.

If you want to absorb a lot of Vitamin E, buy a cold-pressed grapeseed oil and ensure you do not overheat it.

  • Anti-acne 

Clogged pores are the main reasons why people get acne. Hormonal reasons could be to blame as well.

However, you can correct the clogged pores by massaging them with grapeseed oil every day.

You can take nice hot steam and massage your face with grapeseed oil that is cold-pressed.

The antioxidants will repair the acne-prone skin and reduce the clogging and opening of the pores so you have fewer acne breakouts.

  • Reduce Scars

Vitamin E, fatty acids, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties of the grapeseed oil can treat and reduce scars.

Even if the scars are very old and look bad, grapeseed oil can do wonders.

Many cosmetic gels and tubes have grapeseed oil in them for the high content of omega-6 fatty acids and vitamin E.

It can reduce the visibility of scars if you massage your skin regularly with grapeseed oil or its product.

  • Anti-ageing

Free radicals can speed up the process of oxidation that results in oxidative stress. This can speed up the process of ageing in most people.

If you’re still young and have wrinkles or pigmented skin, it’s high time you massage your skin with grapeseed oil. Its antioxidants can delay the ageing process.

It can protect your skin from heat and oxidative stress damage. Consuming grapeseed oil can also be beneficial as it prevents internal organs’ slow down as well.

  • Carrier Oil for Head Massage

You can use light and odour-free grapeseed oil to massage your hair every week. Massaging your hair relieves tension and stress and makes your hair healthier and shinier.

It protects your hair from heat damage and oxidative stress too. You can add a few drops of essential oil every time you’re about to massage your hair with grapeseed oil.

Adding essential oil improves the antioxidant effects of grapeseed oil.

  • Aromatherapy

If you want a nice spa or aromatherapy, grapeseed oil can be the best option for you. It is one of those natural oils that are not diluted or chemically-induced.

Make sure you buy an organic grapeseed oil and massage your body at home.

It is a moisturizing oil for all skin types so you do not even have to worry about your skin type.

Even if you have oily skin, you can massage yourself with this aromatic oil. Aromatherapy may help relieve anxiety and reduce stress.

  • Dressing Oil

Whether you want to toss some vegetables with oil or use it in your salad, grapeseed oil can be the best option for either of these.

Grapeseed oil is rich in omega-6 fatty acids, which can be a heart-friendlier option than a cooking fat high in saturated or trans fats, like butter, margarine or shortening. - (NBCNews)

  • Supports Collagen

The Vitamin E content in grapeseed oil is very high. As we know, vitamin E is used to produce collagen which helps our skin appear and stay young.

If our skin doesn’t get enough collagen, it starts to wrinkle out and get pigmented. Massaging the skin with grapeseed oil helps your skin and bones get enough collagen.

  • Prevents Cardiovascular diseases

The antioxidants and omega-6 fatty acids in grapeseed oil can help your heart stay young forever.

It prevents the risks of stroke, attack, plaque buildup and arteries’ blockage. However, consuming too much omega-6 fatty acids is linked with inflammation.

So remember to consume grapeseed oil in a limited amount every day.

Side-Effects of Grapeseed Oil:

Grapeseed oil is considered to be safe for skin massages and aromatherapy. However, consumption of grapeseed oil may not always be safe.

If a person consumes too much of grapeseed oil, he or she may suffer from inflammation of the intestines, liver or skin.

Excess of omega-6 fatty acids may have an adverse health effect as well. So you should consume it in limits.

  • Some people experience common side-effects such as diarrhoea or an upset stomach.
  • Vomiting and dry mouth are exceptionally rare.
  • It can also cause sore throat, cough, headache, muscle pain, dizziness and itchy scalp.
  • If you apply too much of grapeseed oil, it may irritate your skin’s pH as well.
  • Make sure to use organic grapeseed oil for acne or you may notice more breakouts.
Conclusion:

Grapeseed oil remedies have become very common these days. People have started adding it in their foods too.

However, using the right quality and quantity of grapeseed oil is very important.

The right amount and brand will help you achieve many health benefits.

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7599587/#:~:text=The%20antioxidant%20and%20free%20radical,48%2C49%2C50%5D.

https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-eating/eat-smart/fats/polyunsaturated-fats#.V4MXQLgrLIU

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4988453/#:~:text=Vitamin%20E%20contributes%20to%20the,and%20neuroprotective%20and%20antitumoral%20properties.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4025519/

https://thethirty.whowhatwear.com/benefits-of-grape-seed-oil/slide3

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318395#:~:text=While%20grapeseed%20oil%20on%20its,relieve%20anxiety%20and%20reduce%20stress.

https://www.nbcnews.com/better/lifestyle/best-oils-use-your-cooking-according-nutritionists-ncna1032426

https://www.100percentpure.com/blogs/feed/9-benefits-of-grapeseed-oil-for-skin

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21802563/

https://www.lybrate.com/topic/grapeseed-oil-benefits-and-side-effects 

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