Grape seed extract kills leukemia cells

A new study from the University of Kentucky (where I graduated from medical school in 1975!) was published Jan 1st 2009 in Clinical Cancer Research.

An extract from grape seeds forces laboratory leukemia cells to commit cell suicide, according to researchers from the University of Kentucky. They found that within 24 hours, 76 percent of leukemia cells had died after being exposed to the extract.

This one is particularly dear to my heart, as I have seen (and experienced) first hand the amazing results of supplementation with high quality grape seed (and pine bark) proanthocyanodins (OPCs). One of the frequent comments/questions I receive is “I heard that OPCs were bad to take if you have leukemia or a high white blood cell count”. My answer has always been that I know of no reason for this. Now we have strong evidence,  even including the molecular mechanism (see full article) for the first time, to the contrary