Grape stems fight cancer

Dr. Weeks’ Comment:   Robert Cohen, www.notmilk.com , is a force for good.  (and that is an understatement).  Now we learn about other parts of the plant aside from the fruit which are beneficial…. grape stems, anyone?

 

Beyond Stem Calls: Stemming Cancer with Grape Stems

"Polyphenols are abundant micronutrients in our
diet, and evidence for their role in the prevention
of degenerative diseases such as cancer and
cardiovascular diseases is emerging."
 - American Journal for Clinical Nutrition, May, 2004

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The October 15, 2014 issue of Toxicology Letters
includes a publication with this promising title:
 
"Anticarcinogenic activity of polyphenolic extracts
from grape stems against breast, colon, renal and
thyroid cancer cells"

Greek scientists participated with researchers from
the Harvard School of Public Health to determine
that extracts from grape stems (and not the juice)
inhibited the growth of in-vitro (glass vials) colon
cancer cells (HT-29), breast cancer cells (MCF-7),
kidney cancer cells (786-0) and thyroid cancer
cells (K-1). Four different varieties of grape
stems were used.

Researchers report:
 
"A major part of the wineries' wastes is composed of
grape stems...The grape stem extracts' use as a source
of high added value polyphenols presents great interest... 
The cancer cells were exposed to the extracts for 72
hours and the effects on cell growth were evaluated...
The results indicated that all extracts inhibited cell
proliferation...This is the first study presenting the
inhibitory activity of grape stem extracts against
growth of colon, breast, renal and thyroid cancer cells."

So, yesterday, having only myself to experiment upon,
I invented a new health drink.

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
1 Tablespoon Grape Stems

METHOD:

Puree in VitaMix for 2 minutes

The result is a healthy/thick/creamy citrus treat!

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"A smoothie a day keeps Big Pharma away."
 - Gary Hopkins

 

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