Grape Seed Flour

Grape seed flour is a 100% natural flour made from grape seeds after the oil has been extracted using a cold-pressing process.  Grape seed flour it is mainly used for the following applications: food supplements, functional food, and cosmetics.

Composition

The special characteristic of grape seed flour is its high OPC value (oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes – vegetable substance with a high antioxidant effect). Closely related to resveratrol, these are valuable natural plant compounds that are greatly valued for their antioxidant activity.

Thanks to OPCs, grape seed extract, in essence, may help destroy free radicals in your body, allowing you to avoid chronic diseases and slow down premature aging. The proanthocyanidins are further then composed of two major types which include the bioflavonoids and the polyphenols.

The antioxidant effect of any product can be expressed by means of the ORAC value (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity). Grape seed flour is among the products with the highest ORAC values.

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Primary Uses

  • Due to its high antioxidant content, it can help protect against oxidative stress, tissue damage and inflammation and prevent disease. Grape seed flour when consumed has also the potential to prevent problem associated with cardiovascular diseases and obesity.
  • In addition to antioxidants, grape seed flour is a good source of magnesium, calcium, iron, healthy fats and fiber and it is suitable for a gluten-free diet. Grape seed flour retains its active substances during heating and it can therefore be added to baked goods ( such as: cakes, breads, pizza, cereal bars, scones, crackers, pancakes etc.) to add flavor and color and extra nutrition.
  • Since it is a gluten-free flour, grape seed flour will often create a slightly denser product if used in large quantities. It will add a bit of a whole grain texture to a bread or baked good, as well as quite a bit of color. 
  • As a food supplement grape seed extract has caught the attention of many people who are seeking to improve their health because of its impressive antioxidant profile that has been linked to a wide range of potential therapeutic properties. In cosmetic industry the grape seed powder is used for anti-aging creams, anti-irritant creams, scrubs, masks, lotions, gels and toners.
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