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THE HEALTH AND BEAUTY BENEFITS OF GRAPESEED OIL By Eva Boyd I LOVE THE FEEL AND TEXTURE of grapeseed oil, particularly when used as a massage oil for body treatments. It is delicate and odourless and blends really well with essential oils without disturbing the end aroma. But there are other numerous benefits to this oil that are worth investigating. So, let’s look at its nutrient content both for internal use, as well as for topical application, and any precautions for consideration. Grapeseed oil is a by-product of winemaking. Grapes themselves are packed with nutrients, especially certain types of antioxidants — which is why wine, especially red wine that supplies resveratrol can be beneficial in small to moderate amounts. But how about oil made from the seeds of grapes? It’s not exactly the same thing — and not beaming with the same vitamins, resveratrol, dietary fibre or “proanthocyanidins.” Taken internally, grapeseed oil does have some positive attributes and nutrients to offer, but at the end of the day, it lacks in vitamin K, vitamin C, copper and potassium compared to eating actual grapes. However, there are some attractive qualities of grapeseed oil to consider. Here are several reasons why grapeseed oil isn’t always as bad as some portray it to be.

VERY HIGH IN PUFA OMEGA-6S, ESPECIALLY LINOLEIC ACIDS As the University of Maryland Medical Centre points out, “there are several different types of omega-6 fatty acids and not all promote inflammation.” A very high percentage of the omega-6 fatty acids we get come from various vegetable oils, which usually include high levels of linoleic acid (LA). LA is converted to gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) once we digest it, and GLA can have protective roles in the body. GLA might be able to lower cholesterol levels and inflammation in some cases, especially when it’s converted to yet another molecule called DGLA. One study published in the International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition even found that compared to other vegetable oils like sunflower oil, the consumption of grapeseed oil was much more beneficial for lowering inflammation and insulin resistance in overweight or obese females.

According to results from high-performance liquid chromatography tests, the chemical composition of grapeseed oil is identified as: •

linoleic 65%

linolenic 1.5%

oleic 17%

palmitic 8%

stearic 4.4%

arachidonic 0.6% acids

The highest percentage of fatty acid in grapeseed oil, which is linoleic acid, is a type of essential fat — meaning we can’t make it on our own and must obtain it from food. Interestingly enough, animals who consume linoleic acid turn it into conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) in their guts, and CLA (found primarily in saturated fat sources like grass-fed beef and raw cow’s milk) has been shown to help with weight loss, reducing cancer, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and other benefits.

GOOD SOURCE OF VITAMIN E One of the greatest positives about grapeseed oil is its abundant content of vitamin E, which is an important antioxidant. Compared to olive oil, offers double the vitamin E. This is huge, because vitamin E benefits immunity greatly, as well as several other important bodily functions.

ZERO TRANS FAT AND NON-HYDROGENATED There might still be some debate as to which ratios of different fatty acids are best, but there is no debate about the dangers of trans fats and hydrogenated fats that we find in processed food, which is why they should be avoided. Trans fats are commonly found in fast food, packaged snacks and fried foods. The evidence is so clear that they’re bad for our health that they’re even being banned in some cases now, and many large food manufacturers are committing to moving away from using them for good.

HIGH SMOKE POINT COMPARED TO OTHER VEGETABLE OILS

PUFAs are not usually the best choice for cooking because APJ 40

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APJ Vol 38 2018  

Aesthetics Practitioners Journal Volume 38 Spring 2018 - The official publication of the Aesthetics Practitioners Advisory Network (APAN)

APJ Vol 38 2018  

Aesthetics Practitioners Journal Volume 38 Spring 2018 - The official publication of the Aesthetics Practitioners Advisory Network (APAN)

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