Grapes are wonderful aren’t they? From a tasty, healthy snack to the key ingredient in wine, it seems like their talents are endless.
Grapes have been celebrated since ancient times, but nowadays they also make a great dietary supplement?
The seeds of grapes are rich in antioxidants and contain an array of polyphenols, flavonoids, phenolic acids, anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins or naturally occurring bioflavonoids. They usually taste very bitter.
Natural grapeseed extract is a dietary supplement which is taken from the seeds of red wine grapes and is made by removing, drying and pulverising the seeds.
This means that the supplement is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans to take alongside a healthy balanced diet.
Grapeseed extract is one of the best sources of proanthocyanidins that we currently know about. Its name is sometimes abbreviated to GSE.
Grapeseed oil has cleansing and antioxidant properties as well as high amounts of omega chain fatty acids and vitamin E.
Benefits of grapeseed extract for the skin include making the skin feel softer, with more plumping effect, evening out the appearance of skin tone.
It can also help to reduce the appearance of signs of ageing .
As grapeseed extract is derived naturally from the seeds of grapes, both the supplement and the seeds of grapes contain the same health benefits.
Unlike some fruit seeds, it is safe to eat the seeds of grapes and grapes make for a healthy and sweet snack.
However, grape seed extract is more concentrated than eating grape seeds, which means that more of the benefits are packed into the capsules.
You’d have to eat a lot of grape seeds to get the same nutritional benefits!