Most grapes you find in the produce section of your local Utah grocer will be seedless. Scores of consumers dislike the crunch that comes with seeded grapes.
However, holistic health practitioners have recognized the value of those crunchy seeds for decades.
Research published online January 27, 2012 in the journal Carcinogenesis has demonstrated that an extract from grape seeds can target and promote apoptosis in cancerous cells, all while leaving the healthy cells in tact. Something most traditional cancer treatments fail to accomplish
Grapes have been used both medicinally and as food for thousands of years. Healers have made use of the vine, grape sap, leaves or the grapes themselves for a variety of health conditions, including eye disorders, bleeding, small pox, cholera and cancer.
The chemicals contained within grapes are valued as powerful antioxidants. These antioxidants are thought to reduce the risk of cancer. Grape seed extract has been studied for its use in breast, lung, colon, stomach and prostate cancer.
In the recent research, conducted by University of Colorado Denver scientists, researchers found that grape seed extract killed cancer cells in both cell lines and mouse models. The study used head and neck squamous cell carcinoma cells, which kills approximately 12,000 Americans annually. Remarkably, the extract left healthy cells unharmed.
The study authors attribute the action of grape seed extract to its ability to promote an unfavorable environment for cancer cells.
According to materials provided by the University of Colorado Denver, the success of the research has encouraged the scientists to consider using grape seed extract in clinical trials.
The research adds to the growing body of known natural healing agents that Mother Nature provides to help prevent and treat cancer and suggests more are yet to be discovered.