A new study published early online in the journal Nutrition and Cancer concluded that synthesized compounds of the most active components of grape seed extract, B2G2, induces cell death in prostate cancer cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed. Researchers said “We’ve shown similar anti-cancer activity in the past with grape seed extract (GSE), but now we know B2G2 is its most biological ly active ingredient which can be synthesized in quantities that will allow us to study the detailed death mechanism in cancer cells.” The group of researchers have spent more than a decade demonstrating the anti-cancer activities of GSE in controlled. laboratory condition but until recently did not know which components of GSE created the effect. Eventually they pinpointed B2G2 as the most active component. However, it is expensive and takes a long time to isolate from grapes and extract. Because of the time and expense the group decided to synthesize B2G2 in the lab and this process was successful. They were able to demonstrate its effectiveness as an anticancer agent. Further research is planned.