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5 Benefits of Grape Seed Oil

So what’s the most healthy oil that you have in your kitchen?

I think most folks would say, Olive oil. Thanks to its healthy fats i.e. monounsaturated fats and antioxidant vitamin E, olive oil is prized for its protective properties on the heart, but lately, olive oil has gotten some steep competition in the nutrition world. For the health-conscious consumers, there is a new contender, the grapeseed oil.

Here are 5 Benefits of Grape Seed Oil:

1. Rich in Omega-6
Grape seed cooking oil contains a high amount of omega-6 fatty acids, as well as smaller amounts of omega-3 and omega-9 fatty acids. Omega-6 may be useful for numerous health conditions, including: diabetic neuropathy, rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, breast cancer, eczema, high blood pressure, menopausal symptoms, mastalgia, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis and premenstrual syndrome.

2. Acts as a Carrier
Light and thin, grape seed oil leaves a glossy film over skin when used as a carrier oil for essential oils in aromatherapy. It contains more linoleic acid than many other carrier oils. Grape seed oil is also used as a lubricant for shaving.

3. Is a powerful Antioxidant
Grape seed oil is rich in antioxidant vitamins E, C and beta carotene. These protect your body from free radicals. Antioxidants may help prevent certain conditions associated with aging, including cancer and heart disease. Vitamin E is needed for the formation of red blood cells and it may also help the heart. Vitamin C serves numerous functions including collagen synthesis, metabolic functions and disease prevention. Beta carotene, also an antioxidant, and is good for the eyes.

4. Can lower Cholesterol
Grape seed oil is rich in polyunsaturated fat that improve blood cholesterol levels, which can decrease your risk of heart disease. Polyunsaturated fats found in plant oils like grape seed oil may also help prevent diabetes.

5. Gives Moisture
It protects against moisture loss. Research has demonstrated that when applied to the skin, this fatty acid can help combat dryness by providing protection against moisture loss. This may be good news for a dry scalp.

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