Grapes are one of the most popular fruits in the world, but many people neglect to eat it’s secret weapon – the seeds. Grape seeds extract are rich in powerful antioxidant, vitamins and natural plant compounds called oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes (OPCs), related to resveratrol, another potent antioxidant in grapes. The fruit has even given “super-food” status, thanks in large part to the fact that it’s loaded with antioxidants.
They were used in ancient Egypt to treat asthma. Grape seed extract is made by crushing the seeds from grape plants. When consumed, it increases the levels of antioxidants in the body, which fights free radicals that damage the DNA.
A number of studies have been done that had positive results suggesting that grape seed extract may:
- Improve poor circulation
- Restores collagen – helps skin to remain young looking
- Rich in antioxidant which destroys free radicals.
- Reduce body weight – limit food intake and activates energy expenditures.
Why it’s a skincare all-star:
Grape seeds are packed with essential fatty acids and vitamins D, C, and E, as well as antioxidants that can protect the skin from free radical damage. It also has a firming, tightening and nourishing benefit. As if all that weren’t enough, grape seed extracts boast anti-inflammatory properties that help in soothing skin conditions like rosacea, acne, dermatitis and eczema. Also may even protect the skin from the sun’s harmful rays, as well as reverse or reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s no wonder; you can pretty much find this in everything from antiaging serums to body lotions. Also, the seeds can be ground up and used as a gentle exfoliator.