People who suffer from life-threatening cancers often have to undergo treatment that can cause significant damage to the body. The side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy are numerous and they harm body parts that are unaffected by cancer. Thankfully, there are many studies which suggest that there may be a new, alternative cancer treatment that is incredibly effective at treating certain types of cancers without harming healthy cells.
Grape Seed Extract and Cancer
Grapes have been used as a traditional medicine in Europe for thousands of years. Grape seed extract is taken from the ground up seeds of red wine grapes and, although its use is fairly new in the United States, it has been used to treat a number of diseases. One of the diseases that researchers found it is able to treat is cancer.
Grapes are already known to have cancer preventative properties, thanks to their antioxidant content. This 2012 scientific review published in the Journal of Oncology points out a number of specific compounds found in grapes that help to prevent cancer. This 2009 meta-analysis published in the Journal of Nutrition summarizes, “Overall, completed studies from various scientific groups conclude that both grapes and grape-based products are excellent sources of various anticancer agents and their regular consumption should thus be beneficial to the general population.”
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A 2013 study, published in American Association for Cancer Research tested a grape extract on mice, since their colon tumors behave very similarly to human tumors. Mice received treatment of grape extract for either 18 or 28 weeks, with excellent results! Researchers noted a significant reduction in tumor size and number over the course of the treatment. Researchers concluded, “these finding suggested that inflammation, proliferation, and apoptosis are targeted by grape seed extract to prevent colorectal cancer.”
Since then, more research has uncovered grape seed extract’s usefulness against additional types of cancer. A 2015 study published in the journal Carcinogenesis found that grape seed extract was able to kill head and neck squamos cell carcinoma cells without harming any of the surrounding healthy cells. Researchers found that this occurred in both cell lines and live subjects. This, again, makes it more efficient than chemotherapy as it is not able to target cancer cells and instead just destroys healthy cells along with them, causing irreparable damage to your body.
Eating grapes regularly as a snack is a simple way to take advantage of its cancer preventative properties, but grape seed extracts can also be purchased in supplement form at health food stores or online. Speak to a doctor first about appropriate dosages, consumption methods and other possible cancer fighters.
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