Patients with colorectal cancer may benefit from the cancer-growth-inhibiting power of grape seed extract.
A new study conducted by Researchers from the University of Colorado Cancer Center, suggests that the more aggressive the cancer cells are, the more effective the grape extract works at targeting and stopping the growth.
Grape seed extract is amazing! It attacks the cancer cells but leaves the healthy cells completely untouched. A far cry from conventional cancer treatments that destroy all cells in the local vacinity in an attempt to stop the spread of cancer.
The extract’s seems quite incredible in this research, published in the journal Cancer Letters.
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.
“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.”
Grape, a type of berry, were introduced to the Americas over 300 years ago. There’s over 8,000 grape varieties in the world today the bulk of which belong to either American or European geneology.
Only 100 calories per cup and a great source of vitamins K and C, grapes really are a great fruit. Not to mention they are loaded with antioxidants.
The extract from the grape seed is beneficial for a number of cardiovascular conditions such as poor circulation and high cholesterol. It’s also found to be useful in the treatment of diabetes-related eye condition, loss of vision due to aging, and swelling and bruising associated with injury.
Currently, grape seed extract is being studied for use in the treatment of leukemia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Previous research interestingly 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.
Grape Seed Extract and Advanced Cancer
Grape seed extract, high in bioactive compounds, selectively targets many types of cancer cells.
The findings are in good time considering the rise in colorectal cancer. The disease is generally in its latter stages when a person is diagnosed. Thankfully, however, 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 grape seed extract kills cancer cells by a process of oxidative stress.
Here’s a great short introduction to the benefits of grape seed oil: