It is not a secret that chemotherapy is less effective if the cancer is advanced, in fact, the more advanced the cancer is, the less effective is the therapy. Luckily, a recent study discovered that grape seed extract has the opposite effect, which means that if the cancer is more advanced, the extract would work better on the destruction.
More importantly is that grape seed extract targets those cancer cells that have become highly resistant to chemotherapy, but dosen’t harm the healthy cells.
As a result of this amazing discovery, it is confirmed that grape seeds are more effective in the treatment of a late-stage cancer when compared to chemotherapy.
You will need less and less of the extract to kill cancer cells, but this extract can also affect the cells that have become resistant to the medication.
The research team conducted the experiment on colorectal cancer lines that represent every stage of the disease.
When patients are treated with chemotherapy, it usually takes more medications to kill cancer cells in the IV stage than in the II. However, this is not the case with grape seeds, in fact it’s just the opposite. Molly Derry, a doctoral candidate in the laboratory of the University of Colorado reveals:
“It takes less than half of the concentration to control the cell growth and destroy 50% of the cells in the IV stage, compared to the amount that is required to achieve similar results in the second stage. Colon cancer cells may have more than 11,000 genetic mutations — differences related to the DNA of the healthy cells. Traditional chemotherapy can target a specific mutation, and as the cancer grows the number of mutations increases. These changes may lead to resistance of the cancer to chemotherapy. On the other hand, many of the bioactive compounds in the grape seed extract can target more mutations. The efficacy of the extract grows as the number of mutations increases.”
The journal “Cancer Letters” published the study conducted as the University of Colorado Cancer Center which involved cell cultures of colon carcinoma, not living beings, and that is exactly what modern medicine craves for.
Some of the previous studies have documented that grape seeds can destroy cancer, but this study has found a possible way in which this could happen.
According to the scientists, grape seed extract causes oxidative stress that leads to programmed cell death, also known as apoptosis.
Molly Derry Explained:
“For some time we knew that the bioactive compounds found in grape seeds selectively target many types of cancer cells. This study explains how most of the mutations that stimulate the colon cancer cells to metastasize and survive during traditional therapies, make these cells particularly sensitive to the grape seed extract treatment.”
Moreover, this study discovered that grape seeds and skin have many positive effects on the human body due to resveratrol, an active ingredient contained in them. As we previously mentioned, it can help in the regeneration of joints, spine, nerves and cartilage.
It Can also:
- Inhibit colon cancer growth
- Protect against Alzheimer’s disease
- Protect the cardiovascular system
- Cure stubborn fungal infections
- Inhibit pancreatic cancer cell proliferation
- Protect against several types of viruses, although the whole process is still not scientifically determined. It is effective in treating herpes simplex type 1, Varicell-Zoster virus, human cytomegalovirus, Epstein-Barr virus, enterovirus type 71 (it can cause paralysis, including the heart as well).
Yet another study was conducted at the University of Kentucky which found that grape seed has the ability to activate the death in 76% of the leukemia cells in 24 hours, which were exposed to the extract in a laboratory experiment.
It was published in the journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, and the researchers found that grape seed extract stimulates the destruction of leukemia cells together with a protein known as JNK, which regulates the destruction of cancer cells.
The next time you think that modern treatments are more powerful and more effective, thinks twice. Don’t be on the wrong side and make the right choice when it comes to your health.
The world medicine still waits for the product made from grape seeds. However, during the processing and extraction, the grape seeds will lose their ability to interact with other substances and this interaction between the components is crucial as they mutually enhance the beneficial properties and decrease the bad properties of the individual components.
As you can see, it is always better to use the whole plant or a certain part of the plant, and the studies that prove the healing properties of an ingredient confirm the healing powers of nature, which made sure that everything around us has its own purpose.