When most people eat seeded grapes, they’re told to throw away the seeds. This is because most seeds from fruit are hard to eat and aren’t as enjoyable as the flesh. What people don’t know is that these seeds offer a number of health benefits like high level of omega 6 fatty acids and amino acids as well as flavonoids (largest group of phytonutrients).
Despite their bitter flavor, consuming them raw is totally possible. Let’s look at seven reasons to consider incorporating some form of grape seed into your diet.
1. Rich in Antioxidants
Grape seeds contain proanthocyanidins which is a powerful antioxidants that help with free radicals. Research suggests that proanthocyanidins’ antioxidant capacity is 20 times greater than vitamin E and 50 times greater than vitamin C (1).
As you might know, antioxidants are sort of a buzzword in the supplement industry. Due to the promising research it’s not surprising that grape seed oil supplements exist in pill and capsule form.
Proanthocyanidins have also been found to improve circulation. In a clinical trial it was found that grape seed extract was able to reduce leg swelling after long periods of sitting (2).
Aside from vascular benefits, grape seed oil has also been linked to reducing risk of heart attack. As well as a reduction in LDL cholesterol levels.
3. Helps Prevent Cancer
Since grape seeds are rich in antioxidants, various professionals have used it to help ward off breast, skin, and prostate cancer. It prevents free radicals from creating cellular damage to our bodies, thus, preventing these diseases.
4. Antibacterial and Anti-inflammatory
Grape seeds help treat various health diseases and infections, and it doesn’t end there, it also has anti-inflammatory properties as well that reduce the chance of dermatitis, ulcers, sinusitis, fluid retention, and among others.
5. Helps Prevent Premature Aging
Grape seeds contain OPC antioxidants, which prevents malignant cells from forming, thus, preventing premature aging.
6. Protects Your Lungs
With grape seeds antihistamine and antibacterial effects, it helps ward off allergies, thus, protecting your lungs. Not only that, it also boosts your immune system which reduces the risk of getting cold, flu, and other health conditions that are related to the respiratory system.
Ways to Eat Grape seeds
Truth be told, you can eat grape seeds raw but you may find it difficult due to the aforementioned bitter taste/flavor. Alternatively, you can buy grape seed oil or capsules at supermarkets and drugstores.
There are also other ways to incorporate grape seeds such as:
Whether you decide to have your grape seeds raw, added to a smoothie, or consuming it via capsule form, what’s important is that you get a daily dose of grape seed goodness. So what are you waiting for? Start eating grape seeds today and your body will thank you later.
- 1. John Shi, Jianmel Yu, Joseph E. Pohorly, and Yukio Kakuda (2003). Polyphenolics in Grape Seeds – Biochemistry and Functionality. Journal of Medicinal Food, 6(4): 291-299.
- 2. Atsushi Sano1, Shoichi Tokutake, and Akihiko Seo (2013). Proanthocyanidin-rich grape seed extract reduces leg swelling in healthy women during prolonged sitting. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 93(3), 457-462.