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The Many Health Benefits of Grape Seed Oil

By eHealthIQ
Reviewed: April 28, 2017

You’re probably familiar with the many uses of grapes – from wine to jelly to just being a tasty, healthy snack.

But did you know that the healthiest part of grapes is their seeds? The oil extracted from these seeds is loaded with antioxidants that have many health benefits. Grape seed oil also is popular for cosmetic use.

Here’s a look at some of the many benefits of grape seed oil:

1. Strengthens the immune system
Grape seed oil contains high levels of vitamin E, which is an important antioxidant that has significant benefits for the immune system.

1. Prevents high blood pressure
The antioxidants in grape seed oil may protect blood vessels which, in turn, may prevent high blood pressure. A 2015 study showed that a beverage made of grape seed extract improved blood pressure in participants who have prehypertension.

3. Reduces swelling
Grape seeds have been shown to reduce swelling after an injury or surgery.

4. Aids wound healing
Researchers say that grape seed extract aids wound healing by helping the body produce a compound that regenerates damaged blood cells while increasing the number of free radicals at the site of the wound.

5. Improves cholesterol
A study by the Georgetown University Medical Center showed that grape seed oil was able to reduce overall cholesterol levels.

6. Healthier hair
Grape seed oil has been shown to improve the condition of the hair and scalp. Applying grape seed oil to your scalp will help reduce dandruff by loosening dead skin and restoring moisture.

7. Healthier skin
Many people use grape seed oil to improve the condition of their skin, primarily because of its emollient properties. It has many other benefits for the skin, including:

*It protects skin against sun damage
*It has astringent properties that help tighten the skin
*It contains linoleic acid, which benefits skin problems such as acne, eczema, and dermatitis.
*Grape seed oil can be used to treat age spots, wrinkles, and stretch marks.
*It can help restore collagen, which makes your skin feel firmer while minimizing and preventing signs of damage.
*Another study showed that grape seeds contain properties that may reduce the damage of skin cancer.

8. Grape seed oil and aromatherapy
Grape seed oil is a great carrier oil for aromatherapy and aromatherapy massage. Aromatherapy can help relieve anxiety and stress – which can lead to a variety of internal and external health issues.

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