Grapes are in almost every supermarket, yet they’re far from being the most popular fruit around. The grape was the fruit of choice for the ancient romans, who believed that it was a symbol for romance, which can be depicted in the paintings of beautiful women feeding them to some lucky Roman emperor. Today we have to feed ourselves, perhaps that’s why we don’t eat as much.
Whatever your reason, there’s an aspect of the grape that might motivate you. Grapeseed extract is rich in certain compounds and vitamins, which has has shown powerful health benefits in people, but, in animal trials, has also shown to aid in the fight against cancer. While human trials are lacking, there is reason to be optimistic, as the Daily Herald notes:
Although most of the research into grapeseed extract has been done in animal models, grapeseed extract seems to have a positive effect throughout the entire body.
For example, in animals it has been shown to increase bone density. There is some data indicating that it also is effective at preventing tooth decay and reducing blood pressure. It does exhibit some antibacterial and antiviral activity in a test tube.
Most importantly, grapeseed extract seems to retard cancer cell growth both in the test tube and in animal models. A number of studies over the years have demonstrated that it inhibits the growth of cancer cell lines of lung, breast, prostate and colon cancers.
Let’s hope that a number of these benefits carry over into humans, a reasonable assumption given that mice are used in trials for a reason. If it works, grapeseed extract might make the fruit of romance the fruit of life. Check out the full post for more details.
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