For years, scientists have given two thumbs up to grape seed extract as a powerful disease fighter. Now, findings by the American Association for Cancer Research show it may be powerful enough to blast away leukemia cells!
As its name implies, grape seed extract is pressed from the seeds of grapes. Laboratory studies have shown that grape seeds contain helpful antioxidants that prevent cell damage caused by free radicals.
Grape seed extract has also been shown to strengthen the heart and blood vessels reduce high blood pressure improve symptoms of diabetes lower high cholesterol and may even help treat and prevent cancer!
According to a statement from the association, a study revealed that after laboratory leukemia cells were exposed to grape seed extract, 76 percent of the cancer-laden cells were completely eliminated! Even more amazing was the fact that other cells were not harmed.
What everyone seeks is an agent that has an effect on cancer cells but leaves normal cells alone, and this shows that grape seed extract fits into this category, said Xianglin Shi, one of the researchers and a professor in the Graduate Center for Toxicology at the University of Kentucky.
These results could have implications for the incorporation of agents such as grape seed extract into prevention or treatment of hematological malignancies and possibly other cancers, Shi said.
However, the results of the study do not suggest that people should go overboard in eating grapes in hopes of staving off cancer. This is very promising research, but it is too early to say this is chemo-protective, Shi added.