Grape Seed Oil Benefits

The grape seed oil is made by cold-pressing the grape seeds. It has been extensively used around the world.  Grape Seed Oil has a lot of benefits. It contains vitamins, minerals, proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and antioxidants. Grape seed oil contains high quantities of Vitamin E and F and also minerals like zinc potassium, copper, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and selenium. But most of all grape seed oil is rich in proanthocyanidins (OPC) a compound that is high in antioxidants which are 50 times more effective than Vitamin E and 20 times stronger than Vitamin C. Antioxidants are found in grape skins and seeds and are more concentrated in red and black grapes.

Even though grapes are cultivated for thousands of years, grape seed oil was not produced or used on a large scale until the 20th century because of the difficult technology necessary for obtaining it and also because grape seeds contain a lower percentage of oil as compared to other oil-producing seeds, nuts, or beans.

Grape seed oil benefits in cosmetics

In terms of cosmetics grapes seed oil is often used as a moisturizer for its ability to nourish the skin and keep it smooth.  Due to its lightness, it is easily absorbed by the skin. Grape seed oil is found in many cosmetic products such as hand creams, body creams, lip balm, and lotions. It is suitable for all skin types, it’s regenerative properties moisturize the skin and help maintain the elasticity of the skin. It is increasingly used as massage oil. It provides a great relief to the tired and aching body. It is also useful in the preparation of hair care products.

Grape seed oil benefits in health

It has many other benefits and can help relieve varicose veins and spider veins, prevent cancer, dental cavities and diminish premenstrual syndrome.  It has anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-cancerous and anti-microbial activity. Studies have demonstrated that the anti-oxidants contained in the grape seed extract are 20 times more powerful than vitamin C and 50 times greater than vitamin E. It can be used for treating acne and dermatitis, sun burns, age spots, diabetes, high-blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, cataracts and macular degenerations, wrinkles and stretch marks. Besides, grape seed oil has antiseptic properties and is good for the skin around the eyes. Hard to believe that for centuries it was considered a waste product.

Grape seed oil benefits in cooking

It is very appreciated by many chefs for retaining the original flavor of foods and for its versatility. It is able to handle high-temperatures without smoking, burning or splattering.  As it has a smoke point (around 420 F) higher than other oils , such as olive, corn or sesame, grape seed oil can be safely used for deep frying and baking.  Not only this, but it is also delicious, with a light nutty flavor lacking the heaviness of other oils.

The recommended daily amount for grape seed oil is 25-45 g per day, around 2-4 tablespoons per day. Grape seed oil is an excellent ingredient in salad dressings, marinades and homemade mayonnaise.

It is cholesterol free and helps lower the bad cholesterol and raise the good one. Grape seed oil is health-conscious, especially if you buy one that is free of solvents and preservatives (such as TBHQ and BHT). The cold-pressed organic oil retains most of the natural beneficial ingredients compared to the chemically pressed oils.  It is also extremely durable because it contains fatty acids and antioxidants which prevent the potentially breakdown products from excessive frying of foods to form.

Facts to know about grape seed oil

If you want to preserve the grape seed oil, keep it in a dark-green glass bottle, which filters the ultraviolet light. In this way you protect the nutrients and prevent the formation of free-radicals and trans fatty acids.  You don’t have to keep it in the refrigerator, because this oil has a naturally high level of vitamin E which helps to keep it fresh.

Don’t forget to check other benefits coming from other fruits like avocado benefits.

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  1. JWH Author says:

    I just bought some yesterday (5-29-12). I had heard it was beneficial. Will be
    glad to start using it.

  2. Darlene Liedtke Author says:

    I have been using Grapeseed Oil for a good while now for sautéing
    After reading this, I will try it in a salad dressing.

  3. Rebekah Author says:

    Love using Grapeseed Oil! I order online from my Wildtree rep – I love
    everything I’ve ordered from them, but the oils are superb!
    http://www.mywildtree.com/finch

  4. Megan Author says:

    Here is a website that has grapeseed oil and other oils for a good price!

  5. Weiss Author says:

    I just bought today. Let’s see if it is really good for my skin.

  6. Jenn Author says:

    I used it to cook hamburgers onthe stove and the taste was amazing!! I will def
    be using this oil in the future.

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Yes, I am very pleased of this oil too, you can also use it in desserts:)

  7. Carole Author says:

    I fried potato chips last night with grapeseed oil then later in the evening I thought I just might have clogged up my arteries. I just now googled grapeseed oil and find it is a very healthy oil so will use it more often.

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      I am glad my article helped you find the information you need. Grapeseed oil is not only good for frying but because it doesn't have a strong taste is perfect for cakes too.  So, have fun in the kitchen:)

  8. Efrain Leano Author says:

    Please clarify the statements you published. In the first paragraph you mentioned
    that grapeseed oil is 20 times stronger than vitamin C and 50 times stronger
    than vitamin E. But in the paragraph labelled “Grapeseed oil benefits in health” you
    stated grapeseed oil is 50 times stronger than vitamin C and 20 times stronger
    than vitamin E! Can you please tell me which is which? Because I am taking
    grapeseed oil gel and I can’t share the right statement with my friends. Thank
    you.

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Thank you for noticing the mistake!! The correct version is "grapeseed oil is 20 times stronger than vitamin C and 50 times stronger than vitamin E." Have a nice day 🙂

       

  9. CARMELLA DEROSA Author says:

    Red grapes with seeds offer nearly 290 mg of potassium for every 1-cup serving size when we need to consume 4,700 mg of potassium daily. So I can not figure the amount of potassium in grape seed oil, which is taken from seeds only, but probably small quantities. Hope this helps. 

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Red grapes with seeds offer nearly 290 mg of potassium for every 1-cup serving size when we need to consume 4,700 mg of potassium daily. So I can not figure the amount of potassium in grape seed oil, which is taken from seeds only, but probably small quantities. Hope this helps. 


       

  10. j sand Author says:

    GMS reccomended this stuff, i love it thanks alot i even use it on my face!

  11. Barbara H. Author says:

    I’m a Melaleuca customer and they use grape seed extract in their suppliments
    for heart health; so I was aware of the benefits. I didn’t realize it was available
    for cooking though. I just found it at an AF Base Commissary with the other
    cooking oils. I’m anxious to try it!

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      I am sure you will be pleased of this oil in cooking, it's the kind of oil that doesn't affect in any way the flavor of the ingredients, it's a very discreet oil:) 

  12. Hannelore Ferrara Author says:

    Someone just told me that it causes inflammation in the joints when it’s
    heated to a high temperature – true or false?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      I don't know why he would have told you that, where did he read this, so far as I have been searching upon this subject i have found out the contrary, that "Grape seed oil also helps in maintaining the healthy collagen level, the fibrous part of connective joint tissue, thereby preventing arthritis. Intake of grape seed oil during arthritis reduces the inflammation that causes pain."  – http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/health-benefits-of-grape-seed-oil-9568.html

      As regarding with heating it at high temperature, this oil is known to have a  "high smoke point of approximately 216 °C (421 °F). As a result, it is better suited than several other cooking oils like olive oil, sunflower oil,  for high temperature cooking and can be safely used to cook at moderate temperatures during stir-frying, sautéing, or deep-frying. "

      For me what you said seems like false, but I am not a specialist, this is just my opinion according to what I have been reading too. 

  13. Rebecca Pina Author says:

    I read in a recent article that grapeseed oil is not safe to cook in high temperatures because it is so high in polyunsaturated fats. What is your view on this?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      My view is different, but I am not a specialist, so my opinions are formed from what I have been reading and found so far too. What is clear is that grapeseed oil has a high smoke point, higher than other oils, Grapeseed Oil  around 420 F (Extra Virgin Olive Oil –  406 F, Unrefined Sunflower Oil – 225 F, ..) so it's better than others for deep frying and baking.  I personally never used it for deep frying, I don't make recipes that require deep frying as a rule for my cooking, (as frying is not healthy no matter the oil, this is my opinion) I like to use this oil for sauteing vegetables, for cakes in baking or as it is for salads. 

      As regarding of polyunsaturated fats I have found here some benefits of them "…. polyunsaturated fatty acids are better for you than saturated fatty acids. They have been shown to reduce LDL or bad cholesterol while increasing HDL or good cholestorel. Polyunsaturated fatty acids contain essential fatty acids (EFAs) like omega-3 and omega-6 acids.These are fatty acids that the body needs but can not produce…." – http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/fats/what-are-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids.html#b

      I have to admit it's the first time I have heard that oils high in polyunsaturated fats might not be good to use in cooking  at high temperatures, still need to make some research on that. 

  14. Rebecca Pina Author says:

    I read the same thing as Hannelore Ferrara. That because this oil is so unstable, cooking with this oil in heat is not good at all. Best used cold or with marinades.

  15. AJ O. Author says:

    Hi. I’m doing a little bit of research. Can you give your reference for your statement that “grapeseed oil is 20 times stronger than vitamin C and 50 times stronger than vitamin E”. Any scientific papers will do, or even official statements from sectors. It will help a lot. Thank you.

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

       Not the grape seed oil is stronger than Vit C and E, the antioxidants found in the grape seeds. http://www.go-symmetry.com/info/grape-seed.htm Hope this helps. 

    2. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      There it says "Proanthocyanadin, the active ingredient of grape seed extract has been proven to be 20 times more potent than Vitamin C and 50 times more potent than Vitamin E as an antioxidant! Science News magazine, the weekly news magazine of Science, published the findings of Dr. Ho (Tufts University, Medford, MA) on February 22, 1997."

  16. Jim Lew Author says:

    If you want the truth about vegetable oils read Mary Enig’s “The Oiling of America.” She’s a nutritional researcher from Univ of Maryland that points out that vegetable oils are more likely to oxidize than things like butter, for instance, thus presenting more free radicals that attack our bodies. She also points out the results of the famous Framingham Heart Study were contrary to the adopted point of view that vegetable oils are healthier. In fact, vegetable oil users, especially the hydrogenated oil users, had more heart disease than butter and animal fat eaters.
    Vegetable oils that are heated have even greater oxidation potential, so I would think that using unheated Grape Seed oil would be the best use. It’s higher smoking point may indicate that it’s a bit better, but as Andrew Weil points out, temperature creates free radicals in our food in general. He advises leaving the kitchen until it’s fully aired out when food of any kind is burned, because of the free radicals we can breathe in.
    Omega 6 fatty acids must be cafefully balanced with a good intake of omega 3’s. They are destructive if the balance is off. I forget the ratio, but it’s important that people know that omega 6’s can be over consumed.

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Thank you for your comment, very useful information you pointed out here, will be searching for Mary Enig's   "The Oiling of America" and see in detail. 

  17. Courtney A Author says:

    You had mentioned that grape seed oil helps with wrinkles and stretch marks.
    What about scars? I had read that the best thing for scaring is Vitamin E.
    I can’t imagine anything being better than Vitamin E. So please elaborate along
    the lines of wrinkles and stretch marks.

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      I will see what I can found about scars, but I have read in some forums that there were people who used grapeseed oil for scars too and  after few month the scars were almost invisible. 

  18. Ranette Author says:

    Checkout our grapeseed oil! Expeller pressed and we also have flavor infused too!
    Our entire line is certified organic!!!

  19. Cliff Author says:

    You can find wonderful cold pressed grape seed oil at http://www.fingerlakesgrapeseedoil.com

  20. Bliss Author says:

    Thanks for the detailed information on Grapeseed oil. I love and cook with grapeseed oil all the time. What I like most about this cooking oil is that it is very light and smooth – no oily or greasy trail. The flavor is great too.

  21. Barb Author says:

    Can the grapeseed oil I use for cooking be used for cosmetic reasons as well? Thank you

  22. Jo Author says:

    This is not accurate. Smoking point has nothing to do with whether an oil is healthy or not in cooking. Grapeseed oil should not be used for cooking. Look at the research. USE COCONUT OIL INSTEAD

  23. Mona Author says:

    I did not know that grape seed oil was so beneficial…wow….I will use ii
    constantly now.

  24. Stan Loh Author says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwkBB2Z6914
    This says Grapeseed Oil is high in Omega 6 which is bad!
    So what gives?

  25. Amy j Author says:

    I have just bought the grape seed oil for mysel today. But I wonder if this would work for kids whose age is over 7 years old. I was told that they – kids- can consume this vitamins too but once in two days for not more than three months. Then, stop for one month before retaking the capsule.

    So.., do you have any other ideas on this issue..?! Thank you

  26. Nina Author says:

    I bought a spritzer from pampered chef just so I can fill it with grapeseed oil.
    I have now replaced pam cooking spray because grapeseed oil is great
    as a non stick spray aswell.

  27. 777tauh Author says:

    Yes, later after I posted the article I have discovered this too, seems that many chefs love this because of its high smoking point, but they forget to take in count the aspect you mentioned. I will have to redo this part of the article according to the latest discoveries. Even though it has many benefits if  consumed as it is, in salads for instance, dressings, mayonnaise , etc.

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Yes, later after I posted the article I have discovered this too, seems that many chefs love this because of its high smoking point, but they forget to take in count the aspect you mentioned. I will have to redo this part of the article according to the latest discoveries. 

  28. BJones Author says:

    I would love to try graoeseed oil but, I am allergic to grapes. I am also allergic to raw citrus but can digest ‘from concentrate’ items. Is there a possibility my body will be able to handle this oil and if not, what can I use as a healthy alternative?
    Thanks

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Sorry for such a late answer. Did you try canola oil? As grape seed oil this one is also an oil with light flavor and it can be a good alternative. 

  29. Joyce Bell Author says:

    Can the same grapeseed for cooking be used for face/hair ?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      From what I have been reading it seems that you can use the grape seed oil for either cooking or for face/hair. I also use in the same idea the olive oil for both cooking and for face/hair applications:)

  30. vereronica Author says:

    I have been confused about grapeseed oil as after looking at another website they mentioned. That it has a lot omega 6 in it which is not good for your health. Can you confirm this

  31. Andy Author says:

    The following information will help to clear out some debate. Coconut oil (smoke point of only 350oF) is NOT going to be a better oil for cooking than grapeseed oil. Eat good food, and stay healthy!

    In cooking, the smoke point of an oil or fat is the temperature at which it begins to break down to glycerol and free fatty acids, and produce bluish smoke. The glycerol is then further broken down to acrolein which is a component of the smoke. It is the presence of the acrolein that causes the smoke to be extremely irritating to the eyes and throat. The smoke point also marks the beginning of both flavor and nutritional degradation. Therefore, it is a key consideration when selecting a fat for frying, with the smoke point of the specific oil dictating its maximum usable temperature and therefore its possible applications. For instance, since deep frying is a very high temperature process, it requires a fat with a high smoke point.
    The smoke point for an oil varies widely depending on origin and refinement.[1] The smoke point of an oil does tend to increase as free fatty acid content decreases and degree of refinement increases.[2][3] Heating oil produces free fatty acid and as heating time increases, more free fatty acids are produced, thereby decreasing smoke point. It is one reason not to use the same oil to deep fry more than twice.[1] Intermittent frying has a markedly greater effect on oil deterioration than continuous frying.[4]

  32. bud Author says:

    I am am confused a little but better be on the safe side. If any one here is using grapeseed oil
    Then I strongly advise you to read the articles I found in these two website.
    It says that grapeseedoil is very unhealthy, in fact it’s toxic to human body.
    All explained in those articles.

    http://authoritynutrition.com/grape-seed-oil/

    http://butterbeliever.com/is-grapeseed-oil-healthy/

  33. Fahrudin Author says:

    I read this and advised my mum to go and buy some grapes as she has very bad problems with her heart, at the moment and in the past which included her being hospitalised. Her doctor told her that she had to stick to food that lowered her blood pressure but did not give her any suggestions on her new diet. Thank you for sharing, this is some very useful information.

  34. Malcolm Author says:

    The Omega-6 concern is a real one and grapeseed oil is in fact high in omega 6s.
    While virgin coconut oil is only good up to 350 degrees and makes everything taste like coconuts, refined coconut oil is good to 425 degrees and is totally neutral in flavor. Plus it is high in omega 3s, the good omegas. This is what I just switched to. For everything else you should cook with SATURATED FATS that are solid at room temperature. Throw all other Liquid oils away (except cold pressed olive oil). Butter, Ghee, Tallow and Lard will help keep you healthy, CONTRARY to what everyone has been telling you for years.

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Thank you for your comment. I have started using coconut oil too, recently,  but still have some cold pressed oils  (olive, sun flower, grapeseed and sesame at the moment) I can never get rid off. I don't cook with them at high temperature but like to have them for various recipes that don't require cooking. 

       

  35. Pauline Author says:

    Sometimes I like to use grapeseed oil on my skin it is a wonderful oil and one of my favourites.

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