The main health benefits invoked when talking about grapes are the content of resveratrol and other polyphenols.
The talk doesn’t usually focus on grapes themselves, but on wine and especially red wine.
However, resveratrol and polyphenols can be enjoyed even if you don’t have a taste for wine.
It is true that these nutrients are not found in the juicy core of grapes, which we usually enjoy, but in the stem, the skin and the seeds.
Nevertheless, it’s not only wine that makes the most of these substances – grape seeds can also be exploited in order to stay healthy. In fact, the greatest concentration of vitamin E, flavonoids, linoleic acid and antioxidants is found in the seed of the grape, not in its skin.
The health benefits offered by grape seeds can be enjoyed by using several methods:
As a dietary supplement
It has been proven that the grape seed extract has positive effects with respect to cardiovascular diseases. It appears that this is due to the fact that the grape seed extract improves blood circulation and fights high cholesterol.
Studies are currently being carried out in order to establish whether grape seed extract also fight some types of cancers – such as stomach, colon and lung cancers. Moreover, some claim that this supplement may have positive effects on helping liver cells survive chemotherapy used for treating cancer.
Cooking with grape seed oil
Grape seed oil is regarded as a powerful antioxidant. It is great for salads or mayonnaise, or for cooking at low temperatures – when sautéing or stir-frying. The unusual flavor of this oil makes it the best choice when preparing exotic meals, or for blending it with other herbs or spices (such as garlic or rosemary).
As a cosmetics ingredient
Grape seeds are also being used in order to extract ingredients used for skincare. The linoleic acid contained by cosmetic products based on grape seeds has positive effects on dermatitis, reduces acne and it also has anti-inflammatory effects.
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