Cranberries are naturally seeded, but when these berries are processed, the seeds are usually removed. What most people don’t know is those tiny seeds that often get treated as a byproduct are chock-full of valuable agents. The seeds are tiny, but when pressed, they produce cranberry seed oil. Let’s take a closer look at why cranberry seed oil is worthy of attention when it comes to general and skin health.
Cranberry Seed Oil Benefits for General Wellness
We utilize cranberry seed oil as an ingredient in some of our products at Green Owl Wellness, and it’s definitely not without reason. Here are a few of the benefits of cranberry seed oil you may want to know.
Great Source of Fatty Acids
Cranberry seed oil is naturally high in those ever-valuable fatty acids like omega-3,6 and 9. Fatty acids can all serve their roles in health. For example, omega-3 fatty acids help support brain function, may deter inflammation, and could have a positive effect on the heart.
Potent Antioxidant Properties
Cranberry seed oil is also naturally high in vitamin E, phytosterols, and proanthocyanidins—all of which can be really good for the body. With a higher concentration of vitamins and these valuable nutrients, cranberry seed oil is thought to offer noteworthy antioxidant properties to the body. Antioxidants protect the body from free radical damage that may come from stressors you encounter on a regular basis. For example, antioxidants are important if you spend a lot of time in the sun.
Supports Healthy Cholesterol Levels
Phytosterols are similar in form to cholesterol found in the body. Cranberry seed oil contains fair concentrations of these compounds, and the body actually prefers these plant-derived compounds. By introducing phytosterols into the body, dietary cholesterol absorption may be reduced. This can possibly help lower your “bad” cholesterol levels by as much as 14 percent.
Cranberry Seed Oil Skin Benefits
Cranberry seed oil is oftentimes found in topical or skincare products. The natural antioxidant properties, vitamins, and other nutritive agents may help with a range of skin issues, in addition to helping to keep the skin supple, soft, and glowing. The oil may:
- Deter signs of aging
- Protect the skin from stressors in your environment
- Encourage moisture retention
- Soften dry skin
Cranberry seed oil is readily absorbed by the skin. Some research even indicates that cranberry seed oil may help with hyperpigmentation of the skin and soothe certain types of irritation.
The Synergy Between CBD and Cranberry Seed Oil
Many of the properties of cranberry seed oil and CBD (cannabidiol) are similar. Both act as antioxidants and both offer specific therapeutic potential with both topical and systematic usage. Therefore, adding CBD to cranberry seed oil as a carrier may only heighten the benefits of using the CBD, even though research into the idea is just getting started.
The home state of Green Owl Wellness (Wisconsin) is actually one of the biggest producers of cranberry seed oil in the world. Perhaps it was only natural that we would consider this berry-based oil as an ingredient for some of our CBD products with all of its synergistic attributes. Ready to try cranberry seed oil and CBD for yourself? Consider our CBD Muscle Rub or Cranberry CBD Oil Tincture!