University of Colorado Research:
New Research shows the seeds of grapes reduce certain tumor growth by 67% and 65%!
Anoka – Not too long ago, this was a common saying by doctors all across the country: “Vitamins and supplements have no scientific proof. To be healthy, all you have to do is eat right. The only thing vitamins will do for you is give you expensive urine.”
Things have changed…
For example, a recent study done by researchers at the University of Colorado and published in the Journal of Carcinogenesis revealed great news about grape seed extract.
According to ColoradoCancerBlogs.org: A study published this week… shows that in both cell lines and mouse models, grape seed extract (GSE) kills head and neck squamous carcinoma cells, while leaving healthy cells unharmed.
“It’s a rather dramatic effect,” says Rajesh Agarwal, PhD, investigator at the University of Colorado Cancer Center and Professor at the Skaggs School of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
It depends in large part, says Agarwal, on a healthy cell’s ability to wait out damage.
“Cancer cells are fast-growing cells,” Agarwal says. “Not only that, but they are necessarily fast growing. When conditions exist in which they can’t grow, they die.”
Grape seed extract creates conditions that are unfavorable to the growth of cancer cells by both damaging the cancer cells’ DNA and inhibiting the pathways that allow repair. But, according to Agarwal, “… we saw absolutely no toxicity to the mice, themselves.”
The article also stated: “Again, the grape seed extract killed the cancer cells but not the healthy cells.”
Here’s some incredible information from the actual abstract of the study (GSE = Grape Seed Extract and HNSCC = Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma): “GSE feeding to nude mice decreased Detroit 562 and FaDu xenograft tumor growth by 67% and 65% (p<0.001), respectively. In IHC analysis, xenografts from GSE-fed groups showed decreased proliferation but increased DNA damage and apoptosis. Together, these findings show that GSE targets both DNA damage and repair, and provide mechanistic insights for its efficacy selectively against HNSCC both in cell culture and mouse xenograft; supporting its translational potential against HNSCC.”
In other words, in this study, grape seed extract reduced the growth of certain cancers by up to 67%, lowered the rate of progression of deadly tumors and DNA damage while inducing apoptosis (programmed cell death) of the cancer cells. Mice have been used to study specific cancer cell lines because they parallel tumor progression and metastasis in a manner similar to humans.
This is extremely important information and here is why…
Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma accounts for 6% of all malignancies in the United States. Nearly 12,000 people die from this form of cancer every year in the United States. As always, more research needs to be done, but the implications here are extremely exciting. Who knows how many lives might be saved by all-natural grape seed extract?
Even more important, how many lives might be saved as more and more research is done on other natural substances and supplements to help treat disease, possibly without the side effects of current drugs?
One great example is a study published online on December 20, 2011. The study published in the Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology (CJPP) found that rats given regular multivitamin and mineral supplements showed a significantly lower risk of developing colon cancer when they were exposed to carcinogens.
Another example is Vitamin D. According to Science Daily, a recent study published in the British Medical Journal found: “Participants with the highest levels of blood Vitamin D concentration had a nearly 40% decrease in colorectal cancer risk when compared to those with the lowest levels.”
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