Have you ever heard of grapeseed oil? Grapeseed oil is fairly new to me and I have only recently started using it in my yeast-free cooking. Although not as common as other oils many of us use like vegetable, canola, and olive oil, the use of grapeseed oil has been gaining popularity in recent years, especially in health food circles. I first came across grapeseed oil as a recommendation in one of my go-to books on yeast-free diets. The book recommends adding the oil to a yeast-free diet because it is a rich source of linoleic acid. Linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid that the body needs to function properly. It’s not something the body makes on its own, so the only way to get adequate amounts is to eat it. Although some research suggests that linoleic acid may slow the growth of Candida albicans, there are additional benefits to consuming grapeseed oil for those of us following a yeast-free diet to treat candidiasis.

It is these other health benefits produced by the high levels of linoleic acid found in grapeseed oil that are of particular importance to those of us who suffer from yeast infections. Effective treatment of candidiasis is a multifaceted approach that includes reducing the number of Candida albicans by introducing antifungals, restoring the body to health so that it can keep Candida ablicans under control, and modifying the diet so that let’s not keep feeding yeast Increasing your intake of linoleic acid helps your body function more efficiently, giving you a much better chance of managing yeast.

Adding grapeseed oil to a yeast-free diet will contribute to the general health of the person suffering from yeast infection. Research suggests that grapeseed oil may lower bad cholesterol levels and increase good cholesterol. It has been shown to improve circulatory health. The high levels of vitamin E found in the oil have made it well known and widely used in skin care. The high levels of antioxidants found in the oil help protect the body against free radical damage and strengthen the immune system. It has also been indicated in the prevention and relief of arthritis symptoms.

Grapeseed oil has a very neutral taste, which is why it can be used in so many recipes. It also has a high smoke point so it can be used for frying. You can try using it in your homemade dressings, mayonnaise, or marinades. It’s sometimes hard to find, but if you can’t find it at your local grocery store, chances are you can find it at the health food store.

For more information on the Yeast Free Diet, including recipes that include the use of grapeseed oil, visit Yeast Free Living.

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