A new study published January 1, 2009, by researchers from the University of Kentucky School of Medicine, found that GSE kills 76% of leukemia cancer cells in a test tube within 24 hours without harming healthy white blood cells that were also placed in the test tubes (Clinical Cancer Research. 2009 Jan 1;15(1):140-9).
Grape seed extract contains powerful polyphenols such as proanthocyanidins, which have been found to kill several different types of cancer including skin, breast, colon, lung, stomach, and prostate cancers.
Proanthocyanidin induces cancer cell death by apoptosis (cell suicide) in human leukemia cells, but the mechanism by which it works had not yet been explored.
In a healthy person, cancer cell suicide (apoptosis) is a frequent occurrence and a healthy part of life. Your body fights cancer everyday.
Once a cell recognizes it is flawed it activates enzymes that destroy its own membranes and dies. Grape Seed extract appears to activate this programed cell death of cancer cells.
Potent Anti-Cancer Agent Without Harming Healthy Cells
In the laboratory the study’s lead author, Dr. Xianglin Shi, Ph.D., professor in the Graduate Center for Toxicology at the University of Kentucky, combined leukemia cells with grape seed extract in different doses and found a marked increase in apoptosis in these cells.
The researchers found that GSE strongly activates a protein known as JNK. researchers said “represents the early insult, which leads to Cip1/p21 up-regulation and caspase activation and apoptosis.” The researchers also discovered that the extract does not harm normal cells.
“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,” said Dr. Shi.
“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,” he said.
New Hope for Leukemia
GSE achieved similar anti-cancer effects in U937 (acute myeloid leukemia) and HL-60 (acute promyelocytic leukemia) cells, suggesting that the effects are not cell type-specific, the researchers said.
This is great news because cancers of the blood – leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma – account for an estimated 118,310 new cancer cases and almost 54,000 deaths annually, ranking these cancers as the fourth leading cause of cancer incidence and death in the U.S.
“This is very promising research, but it is too early to say this is chemo-protective” says Dr. Shi. He believes that the research is not far enough along to suggest that people should eat grapes, grape seeds, or grape skin in excess to stave off cancer.
Dr. Hansen’s Rx: Eat more grapes with seeds in them and take GSE Ultra 110 every day!
What do I think? I think Nature is amazing. Nature is wiser than man. Grape seed extract is a power natural anti-cancer agent and it kills cancer cells without harming healthy cells.
Unlike toxic chemotherapy, grape seed extract is safe. No one has ever lost their hair from taking grape seed extract. So I say eat more grapes with seeds in them and take GSE Ultra 110 every day to protect your blood vessels, skin, joints and your immune system.
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