Reduce prostate cancer risk by up to 62% with a common extract
April 06, 2013
Volume 3 | Issue 29
If you're a man, how would you like to reduce your risk of prostate cancer by 40-60% or more? And all you would have to do is take a pill? Interested?
Well, a new study funded by the National Cancer Institute says an extract from grape seeds can do just that. What's more, it works better than several other popular nutrients.
In this study, researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center followed 35,239 men. All of the men were between 50 and 76 years old at the start of the study. The researchers asked all of the men to detail their vitamin and mineral use for the 10 years prior to the study. Then they focused their attention on nine "specialty supplements" the men took and compared them to their rate of prostate cancer. They defined "specialty supplements" as supplements that are neither vitamin nor mineral. The nine supplements were grapeseed extract, chondroitin, CoQ10, fish oil, garlic, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, glucosamine, and saw palmetto.
Of these nine "specialty supplements," there was one which really stood out in its ability to prevent prostate cancer. Those men who took grapeseed extract at least once a week during those six years were 41% less likely to develop prostate cancer than those who didn't take the extract regularly. But there's more.
Those men who were taking the grapeseed extract at least once a week during the 10 years prior to the study had even better results. Their risk dropped by a whopping 62%.
The researchers didn't find any other supplement to have an impact on prostate cancer risk. Even fish oil and saw palmetto failed to reduce cancer risk in this study. This doesn't mean they won't help. It just means this study, which is a questionnaire study, didn't find any association. Most of these nutrients have other purposes than cancer prevention. For instance, glucosamine and chondroitin are better for joint health. Garlic is great for your immune system (though some studies suggest it can fight other cancers). CoQ10 is better for your mitochondria health. And ginkgo boosts your memory. They all contribute to better general health, so they may help prevent cancer indirectly by boosting your body's ability to fight it off.
These results don't really surprise me. In my 20+ years in this business, I've received letters from readers attributing cancer prevention or treatment to only one supplement. That supplement is Advanced Resveratrol Formula, which contains grapeseed extract. This research simply confirms what they have found in their personal experience.
Grapeseed extract is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Other studies show that it can fight high blood pressure and heart disease. But this study, along with several others, suggests it might just help fight cancer. I've been taking it for years for this very reason.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.