Is Grape Seed Effective for Aggressive Colorectal Cancer?

logo1267406_mdA recent research study published in the journal Cancer Letters concluded that the more advanced colorectal cancer cells are the more  great seed extract( GSE) inhibits their growth and survival and leaves healthy cells alone. Researchers said “We’ve known for quite a while that the bio active compounds in grape seed extract selectively target many types of cancer cells.  This study shows that many of the same mutations that allow colorectal cancer cells to metastasize and survive traditional therapies make them especially sensitive to treatment with GSE.

The study was done on colorectal cancer cell lines representing various stages of the disease. While it generally takes more chemotherapy to kill A Stage IV cancer cell than a stage II cancer cell, the reverse was found with grape seed extract. “It requires less than half the concentration of GSE to suppress cancer growth  and kill 50 percent stage IV cells than it did to achieve similar results in the stage II cells. ”  They said further “A colorectal cell can have upwards of 11,000 genetic mutations–differences from the DNA of healthy cells. Traditional chemo therapies may only target a specific mutation and as cancer progresses more mutations occur.  In contract, the many bio active compounds of GSE are able to target multiple mutations. The more mutations a cancer presents, the more effective GSE is in Targeting them.  The research is ongoing and more results will be available in the future.

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