Daily Archives: January 28, 2012

Grape Seed Extract Lethal To Head And Neck Tumor Cells

Grape seed extract kills head and neck cancer cells, leaves healthy cells unharmed.

“Cancer cells are fast-growing cells,” Agarwal says. …When conditions exist in which they can’t grow, they die.”

Grape seed extract creates these conditions that are unfavorable to growth. Specifically, the paper shows that grape seed extract both damages cancer cells’ DNA (via increased reactive oxygen species) and stops the pathways that allow repair (as seen by decreased levels of the DNA repair molecules Brca1 and Rad51 and DNA repair foci).

Safe for normal cells though. 

Hmmm.  Is it time to start incorporating some grape seed extract in our meals to ward off head and neck tumors?