Not only does the humble grape give us wonderful options for eating and drinking, it is also great for our skin and hair.
Grape seed oil contains linoleic acid which is a polyunsaturated fatty acid that strengthens the cell membranes and improves overall quality of your skin.
The linoleic acid is also beneficial for skin conditions such as acne, dermatitis & eczema & can soothe & nourish the skin and help it repair.
The flavonoid 'oligomeric procyanidin' found in grape seed oil is an incredible strong anti oxidant, about 20 times stronger than other anti oxidants like vitamin C & E.
So, this compound can provide protection against cellular & tissue damage caused by free radicals.
Procyanidins also bond with collagen, the most abundant protein in the body and a key compound of skin, hair & body tissues.
Grape seed oil contains high levels of Vitamin E, which is a fat soluble antioxidant. It aids in preventing any cell membrane related injuries.
Proanthocyanidins, very potent anitioxidants are also present in grape seed oil and help in diminishing the sun's damaging effects.
The report, published in the winter 2003 issue of * 'Journal of Medicinal Food', states that grape seed extract can protect the body from sun damage.
Grape seed oil is easily absorbed by the body, and it can be used for reducing age spots, (yay), sun burn, wrinkles (another yay) & stretch marks as well!
The oil is very light and feels fabulous used on and around your eyes as a moisturiser, it is ideal if you don't have any store bought personal care products that you usually use and need a quick fix.
One of grapes other hidden health weapons is also worth a mention: it's called resveratrol and is primarily found in the skin & seeds & the benefits are as mentioned as well as neuroprotective capabilities.
Next time you toast your good health, you might like to spare a thought for the wonderful grape seed and all the wonders it can offer your body.
Journal of Medicinal Food': Polyphenolics in Grape Seeds...: J. Shi, et al: Winter 2003