The amazing seed that shows natural cancer therapy benefits

Sunday 11 January, 2015    

Today I want to open the debate about a subject that we should all be thinking a lot more about.  Cancer is the major health concern that we still know so little about and more importantly how natural cancer therapy can be effective and now is becoming more widely recognised by Doctors and Scientists.

On top of everything else that 2015 has offered us I was shocked to see a report from Macmillan Cancer Support showing that incidences of cancer has risen by almost 500,000 in just five years - to a record high of 2.5m UK cases. 

The charity says the soaring numbers means that without “urgent action” the NHS will soon be unable to cope. 

I guess at any other time of the year this report would have made a bigger impact in the press, but with so much else happening you can understand why it may have slipped by, however, it means that close to 5% of the population have some form of detectable cancer.

That does make a sobering thought doesn’t it?

Billions of pounds are being used to research cures and deliver treatment into a range of conditions, and more of us are living with and after cancer than ever before, but could we be doing more in our earlier years to prevent the increased risk that old age brings?

The obvious things like eating healthily, stopping smoking and taking regular exercise all play their part and should not be discounted.

A little later I am going to give you my five part daily plan for keeping healthy without stressing out about it...

...but I also want to ask you to join me in discovering some pretty amazing facts about an old favourite at the Good Life Letter – Grape Seed Extract and how research is showing that it is making a huge contribution to cancer control.

Discover the daily supplement that can make such a difference to your overall health – and combat the free radicals that are often cited as being the cause of cancer

The most feared of diagnoses

For most health writers offering advice about cancer is always fraught with concern as it is such a big topic, and often attracts major criticism from regulators, government agencies and allopathic practitioners if we offer a viewpoint.

But being the thick-skinned realist that I am I think it is a topic we should all be a lot more open about than we are.

For my parent’s generation the ‘Big C’ is still a really scary topic that is talked of in hushed tones.

For many years the causes and management of these conditions was poorly understood, and medical intervention involved powerful radiation, chemicals and radical surgery... in most cases all three were employed.

Thankfully options for dealing with the majority of common cancers are much more advanced and the diagnosis isn’t one that comes with as much fear as it once did.

However, there is also a growing understanding that we can do much more to lower the risks of developing cancerous cells in our bodies; often taking the simplest of steps can make huge differences.

Here’s my suggestion for five things we should all do every day, which will make a difference to lowering your cancer risk as well as boosting your health;

1) Drink plenty of water. Tap water is fine (although I prefer mineral water). Just make sure you get about 3 glasses a day inside you. You don't need to drown yourself to feel the benefit.

2) Get some fresh air. Over the next week, make sure you stretch your legs and go for a brisk walk. You should do this EVERY day really, but if that's not for you try and make the effort over the next few days.

3) Eat NORMALLY. Don't suddenly starve yourself in a bid to miraculously right the wrongs of Christmas. Eat normally, eat well, but no more snacking on cakes and chocolate. Personally I try to follow the five portions of fruit and vegetables a day rule - with an amendment. As well as trying to eat five portions of fruit and veg, I try and mix the colours for maximum intake of antioxidants.

4) Get some early nights. A good night's sleep is really one of the best ways to help your body mend itself, and build its natural defences.

5) Do something to boost your anti-oxidant levels above and beyond just eating sensibly. These highly active bio-compounds are the absolute saviours for our cells as they divide, and prevent any aberrations occurring. This means some form of supplement and in the next section I want to show you how the scientific community are catching on to the benefits of a completely natural product.

Boost your anti-oxidant levels the natural and scientifically proven way

The power of the grape – proven natural benefits

Far be it from me to start promoting the anti-cancer benefits of grape seed extract, as to do so would risk the wrath of the MHRA, ASA and many other agencies with unintelligible acronyms.

However, I will try to demonstrate how the active compounds in grape seeds called procyanidins have performed in clinical and peer reviewed trials, you must make you own minds up about how these findings relate to you...

Trail 1(1) – Published in 2015 in the internationally recognised Journal of Oncology which showed that these compounds could help treat cancer as well as prevent it, they conclude;

‘Oligomer procyanidins (F2), a natural fraction from grape seeds, may be a potentially useful agent for treatment of human cancer.

Trials 2(2) & 3(3) – Both published in 2014 show that grape seed extract fractions can be highly effective against colorectal cancers with the conclusions being;

‘Grape seed Extract (GSE) is a strong candidate agent to be studied further for its potential use against CRC growth and progression under obese conditions. Successful outcomes from such studies would have significant clinical impact on rationalized use of GSE to control obesity-associated human Colorectal Cancer (CRC.)’(2)

‘The present study identifying Grape Seed Extract (GSE) molecular targets in CRC cells, combined with its efficacy in vast pre-clinical Colorectal Cancer (CRC) models, further supports its usefulness for CRC prevention and treatment.’ (3)

Trail 4(4) – Again a major research paper published in 2014 identifies the role grape seed extract can play in controlling breast cancer cells invading other organs of the body (metastases), and draws the following observation;

‘These results make Grape Seed Extract (GSE) a powerful candidate for developing preventive agents against cancer metastasis.’

There will be those who say that passing this information on is both irresponsible and unscientific, but ever since i started to write the Good Life Letter it has been my ambition to seek out the health stories that otherwise don’t get to see the light of day.

Let’s take this information at face value shall we.

I have discovered a massive number of recent clinical trials that show that there is something to be gained by using a grape seed extract daily, but none that shows a detriment.

If all proves to be misguided I have basically encouraged you to take a daily dose of something completely natural and safe.

All that you stand to lose is a few quid, but there is a chance you will gain something much more significant – a major health boost.

Like everything else that I do, I offer this knowledge and information for you to make a decision for yourself, or at least to start the dialogue with your GP or oncologist. You are under no obligation to do anything different.

As I said opening a discussion about cancer is never easy, but I hope I have given food for thought.

Take the simplest steps to boost your anti-oxidant levels with this simple daily supplement

Yours, as always


(1) Zheng, H. L., Yang, J., Hou, Y., Sun, B., Zhang, Q., Mou, Y., ... & Wu, C. (2015). Oligomer procyanidins (F2) isolated from grape seeds inhibits tumor angiogenesis and cell invasion by targeting HIF-1α in vitro. International journal of oncology, 46(2), 708-720.
(2) Kumar, S., Kumar, D., Raina, K., Agarwal, R., & Agarwal, C. (2014). Grape seed extract impairs adipocyte-colorectal cancer cell interaction and decreases adipocyte-driven colon cancer stem colonosphere formation. Cancer Research, 74(19 Supplement), 4116-4116.
(3) M Derry, M., R Somasagara, R., Raina, K., Kumar, S., Gomez, J., Patel, M., ... & Agarwal, C. (2014). Target Identification of Grape Seed Extract in Colorectal Cancer Using Drug Affinity Responsive Target Stability (DARTS) Technique: Role of Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress Response Proteins. Current cancer drug targets, 14(4), 323-336.
(4) Dinicola, S., Pasqualato, A., Cucina, A., Coluccia, P., Ferranti, F., Canipari, R., ... & Bizzarri, M. (2014). Grape seed extract suppresses MDA-MB231 breast cancer cell migration and invasion. European journal of nutrition, 53(2), 421-431.




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