Great News! It appears that grape seeds extract and omega-3 from fish oil might have a positive activity in leukemia.
While previous studies on grape seed extracts has shown potent activity in a number of cancers, including skin, breast, colon, lung, stomach and prostate cancers, now researchers from the University of Kentucky discover that an extract from grape seeds influences leukemia cells (in laboratory studies) to commit cell suicide, or apoptosis in medical terms. The researchers found that within 24 hours, 76 percent of leukemia cells had died after being exposed to this grapeseed extract. The investigators, who report their findings in the January 1, 2009, issue of Clinical Cancer Research, found that the grape seeds extract activates a protein named JNK that led to the cancer cell’s self-destruction. Read all the research at the end of this article.
These results could have implications for the incorporation of agents such as grape seed extract into prevention or treatment of hematological malignancies and possibly other cancers
…said the study’s lead author, Xianglin Shi, Ph.D., professor in the Graduate Center for Toxicology at the University of Kentucky.
Also a compound produced from EPA—Eicosapentaenoic Acid—an omega-3 fatty acid found in fish and in fish oil, appears to target and kill the leukemia stem cells, and according to research, it could lead to a cure for the disease. Read all the research at the end of this article.
Research in the past on fatty acids has shown the health benefits of fatty acids on cardiovascular system and brain development, particularly in infants, but we have shown that some metabolites of omega-3 have the ability to selectively kill the leukemia-causing stem cells in mice…The important thing is that the mice were completely cured of leukemia with no relapse
Additionally, fish oil supplementation, proved to have a significant higher increase for appetite, and an increasing tendency on energy and protein consumption.
Leukemia is a type of cancer in which the body produces large numbers of abnormal (usually white) blood cells. It is a complicated disorder of the white blood cells, which normally are responsible for fighting off pathogens and infections.
What causes the disease is not yet known for sure. Some experts have suggested that radiation might be the principal cause of this disease, while others blame the toxic chemicals on the environment including pesticides in fruits and vegetables. It is also possible that viruses and genetics to influence the development of leukemia, but nobody can tell for sure.
Since cancer cells are multiplying rapidly, most forms of the leukemia are treated with pharmaceutical medication, usually combined into a multi-drug chemotherapy regimen, aiming to kill cells that divide rapidly. But in this process the chemotherapy harms also healthy cells that divide rapidly under normal circumstances: cells in the bone marrow, digestive tract, and hair follicles. This is why people under chemotherapy are losing their hair and might experience an inflammation of the digestive tract, as well as a decrease production of the blood cells.
Considering the safety of natural compounds in grapeseed extracts and fish oil supplements over the side effects of multi-drugs chemotherapy treatment, it would make sense to choose your best treatment, but only under qualified medical supervision.
If you or someone else is suffering from leukemia, it is my honest believe that you should consult with your doctor, and your oncologist, and provide them with the following resources posted at:
US National Library of Medicine – National Institutes of Health database: