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Friday, February 22, 2013

Grape Seed Extract Outperforms Chemo in Killing Advanced Cancer Cells

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Patients with colorectal cancer may benefit from the cancer-growth-inhibiting power of grape seed extract. Researchers from the University of Colorado Cancer Center report that the more aggressive the cancer cells are, the more effective the grape extract works at targeting and stopping the growth.

Grape Seed Extract Outperforms Chemo in Killing Advanced Cancer CellsGrape seed extract is amazing in that it attacks the cancer cells but leaves the healthy cells untouched. This is a departure from conventional cancer treatments that destroy all of the cells in an attempt to stop the spread of cancer.

Actually, the power of grape seed extract seems quite remarkable in this research. Molly Derry, a doctoral candidate in the lab of Rajesh Agarwal, PhD, and investigator at the CU Cancer Center and her team saw that while doses of chemotherapy only increase with more severe cancer cases, such as a stage IV instead of stage II, the amount of grape seed extract required actually decreased.

Derry explained:
“It required less than half the concentration of GSE to suppress cell growth and kill 50 percent of stage IV cells than it did to achieve similar results in the stage II cells.”

“We’ve known for quite a while that the bioactive compounds in grape seed extract selectively target many types of cancer cells. This study shows that many of the same mutations that allow colorectal cancer cells to metastasize and survive traditional therapies make them especially sensitive to treatment with GSE.”

Amazing Grapes

One of many berry types, grapes were introduced to America over 300 years ago. There are over 8,000 grape varieties with the main types being American and European. With only 100 calories per cup, grapes are a great source of vitamins K and C and are loaded with antioxidants.

Grape seed extract is made from the seed of the grape and is beneficial for a number of cardiovascular conditions such as poor circulation and high cholesterol. The extract has also been found useful in the treatment of diabetes-related eye disease, loss of vision due to aging, and swelling associated with injury. Currently, GSE is being studied in the treatment of leukemia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Interestingly, past research also points to berries as a solution for colorectal cancer and many other cancers. In one study, the growth of new tumors in mice fed black raspberry decreased by 45 percent and the total number of tumors went down 60 percent. Other research found that foods rich in flavanols (berries, grapes, apples) also reduces the risk of colon cancer.

Advanced Cancer and Grape Seed Extract

The bioactive compounds in grape seed extract selectively target many types of cancer cells. With an increase in colorectal cancer, the findings of this study are timely. By the time most people are diagnosed with the disease, it is in the advanced stages. But thankfully, as mentioned, researchers found that it required less grape seed extract to kill advanced cancer cells than it did cells in the early stage. It is thought that the extract kills cancer cells by a process of oxidative stress.

Additional Sources: MedicalNewsToday - Webmd - NBC News

Source: Natural Society

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  1. Some clarification on the term "Introduced over 300 years ago":

    Grapes are Native species in the USA & Canada. Minor amounts of fruit and wine come from American Species such as:

    Vitis labrusca, the North American table and grape juice grapevines (including the concord cultivar), sometimes used for wine, are native to the Eastern United States and Canada.
    Vitis riparia, a wild vine of North America, is sometimes used for winemaking and for jam. It is native to the entire Eastern U.S. and north to Quebec.
    Vitis rotundifolia, the muscadines, used for jams and wine, are native to the Southeastern United States from Delaware to the Gulf of Mexico.

  2. Do you treat cancer by ingesting this? Or inject it intravenously or directly into the tumor?

  3. This is not a scientific mambo jumbo platform, go post your comments somewhere else. Power to the people!

  4. "This is not a scientific mambo jumbo platform, go post your comments somewhere else. Power to the people!"

    Well put, Anonymous!

  5. Well, chemo seems to be working out so well.....

  6. Eva,

    It might help to find some proper scientific research, because there is a lot of it these days. My mum is a nutritional biochemist with a lot of data on this and also Sulforaphane too, which comes from Broccoli seed extract, amazing stuff. Definitely a lot of natural medicines and herbs are making there way back into society again, and the power of the internet is a magnificent learning tool that is helping humanity become more aware of so much now.

  7. I always take it if sick, and give to dogs for the runs, works every time!

  8. I have been using grape seed extract with grapefruit seed extract - together you can get well - I have aobut 25 years using it. I don't need studies or "science' to know earth medicine is very effective- I have 23 dogs and not one of them ever goes tot he vet! I even cured Parvo virus using earth meds, herbs..seeds...roots... tis not rocket science and THAT is the important thing, not everything needs :science" to proove it has validity. one can use herbs well without being or needing science...

  9. I told my friend about this and hope it will help her.

  10. Please how do one use grape seed extract to treat cancer? AfteR extracting it, how do one apply it? Please, this is pretty urgent


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