Grapes are a tasty treat, but they also can contribute to healthy skin. And don’t skip the seeds – that’s where many of the beneficial compounds are found.
If you don’t like a bit of crunch with your grape, consider cooking and dressing your salads with grape seed oil, which contains resveratrol, a phenol responsible for most of the touted benefits of wine. Grape juice tends to be high in added sugars, which can be detrimental to your skin health, so skip the drink and eat the real thing.
1. Anti-Inflammatory Compounds
Some of the compounds found in grapes are anti-inflammatory, which is good news for those with skin conditions such as psoriasis, and acne. Grape seed extract, specifically, also helps to cut down on swelling.
2. Grape Seeds Loaded with Vitamin E
Vitamin E is essential to help skin retain moisture. Grape seeds are loaded with this vitamin, which those with skin conditions need more of to do battle.
3. Polyphenols Improve Skin Tone
The polyphenols found in the pulpy part of the grape – the tasty part – can help smooth out uneven skin tone that usually presents when skin starts to age.
4. Boost Hair Strength With Linoleic Acid
Grape seeds and grapes are a source of linoleic acid, which helps to shore up the strength of hair follicles. This prevents hair loss and allows more oils to make their way through to your hair shaft, boosting shine.
5. Vitamin C Helps Skin Scars Heal
Grapes are an excellent source of vitamin C, which is essential for wound healing and production of collagen. If you’re trying to get rid of acne scars or scars from scratching, grapes paired with a vitamin C supplement to ensure you’re getting your proper daily amount of vitamin C can help.
6. Wait – What About Wine?
Wouldn’t it be fabulous if wine was a beauty tonic? Alas, the sugars and alcohol can cancel out the benefits to your skin. However, if you’re going to pick a drink over others for health benefits, red wine has been shown to have additional benefits to heart health, as long as it is consumed in moderation. Choose a dry red wine to avoid taking in added sugars. If you are going to forego wine and want to get much of the same benefits, choose grape seed oil as it contains resveratrol, one of the compounds responsible for most of the benefits of wine.
7. Eat With Caution With Eczema
Eczema is known for having “trigger foods” which cause itching. While trigger foods are subjective to each eczema case, grapes contain a high amount of natural sugars which could trigger itching. To find out if it is a trigger food, pop a handful of grapes first thing in the morning when your stomach is empty, and watch for itching. If grapes don’t aggravate your eczema, you should eat them for their benefits. If they do turn out to be a trigger food, grape seed oil is safe and does not contain the sugars that the pulp of the grape does.