The Chicago Tribune might have rated miracle seeds as one of the most overrated food trends of the year but that doesn't mean you should toss them from your shelves just yet. Flax seed has gained popularity in recent years and has omega-3s that are thought to do everything from lower your risk of heart disease and arthritis to help mitigate depression.
Even though flax often gets top billing as a power food, there are plenty of other seeds out there - such as chia seed, hemp seed and grape seed that you can enjoy daily - even in your beauty routine.
Grape seed is essentially an herb that performs medicinal functions: it is used to treat conditions such as atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and poor circulation.
Grape seed comes in many forms and is said to contain antioxidants - substances that prevent cell damage caused by free radicals. Grape seeds are also rich in Vitamin E, and provide provide beneficial essential fatty acids, making it a popular ingredient in natural skin and personal care products.
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The Body Shop Grapeseed Glossing Serum: Perfect for your hair on those flyaway days, this glossing and hydrating serum will leave your locks smooth, sleek and shiny. Grapeseed helps protect hair from moisture loss by coating it, and other damage. For more information or to purchase visit www.thebodyshop-usa.com.
The Grapeseed Company: Straight from Santa Barbara wine country, these comforting formulas will purify the senses, ease stress, as well as promote circulation and deep relaxation. The deliciously rich vanilla almond cinnamon body lotion is formulated with natural ingredients to soothe and protect you while aloe, grape seed and coconut oils deliver a mega dose of vitamins and antioxidants to thirsty skin. For more information or to purchase visit www.thegrapeseedcompany.com.