Olive, Cod Liver, Flax, Unrefined Coconut, and now... Grape Seed? Buzzing around the internet are lots of reports touting the benefits of grade seed oil. Here are a few noteworthy claims:
* Grape seed oil is high in procyanidolic oligomers (PCOs); the same antioxidants found in berries, green and black teas, and red wine. According to some experts, PCOs are more powerful antioxidants than vitamins C and E. In fact, berries, green and black teas and red wine are known for their health-giving properties. Red wine has even been touted as the reason some Europeans who drink wine daily – the French, for example - are generally healthier than Americans.
* Grape seed oil is also rich in essential and non-essential fatty acids: Linoleic acid, oleic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid, a-linoleic acid, and palmitoleic acid – all of which are vital to good overall health and healthy skin.
* Studies on grape seed oil have also found it to lower low density lipoproteins (LDL), the bad cholesterol, and raise high density lipoproteins (HDL), the good cholesterol.
Eating Grape Seed Oil: I've found grape seed oil at Market Basket (store label). It costs about the same as olive oil and I use it mainly as a salad oil. It's taste is very light, almost like vegetable oil. I mix it with balsamic vinegar for a easy-to-make vinaigrette.
Using Grape Seed Oil as a Skin Care Product: In ancient times, women in France and Italy used the filtered by-products of wine-making on their skin although they had no idea why they were beneficial. Now we know – it’s the oil in the seeds. Add grape seed oil to your routine, and you’re sure to notice the difference. Grape seed oil is readily absorbed through the skin instead of simply sitting on it.
Try this skin masque made with grape seed oil: Mix grape seed oil with egg whites, beaten to meringue consistency, smooth on and relax for 15 or 20 minutes before washing off. You can also smooth a little grape seed oil around the eyes, mouth and other areas that tend to wrinkle. It is basically odorless.