According to a study in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry the chemicals present in grapes help in reducing the spread of carcinogenic cells.
Grapes contain chemicals called flavnoids and stilbenes that are active ingredients that can stop the growth of cancer in the body. However for the chemicals to show their cancer inhibitory effect the grapes need to be taken whole. The researchers are of the opinion that supplements made from the grapes will not have the same effect.
Grapes contain flavnoids, which are antioxidants by nature and already had proven effect to alleviate cardiac diseases. The researchers have identified about a dozen new and till date unidentified flavnoids in grapes that are said to be actively involved in fighting human DNA topoisomerase II, an enzyme necessary for the spread of cancer in the body. The synergy action of the flavnoids may help reduce the enzyme that is secreted more than 300 times by a malignant cell than a normal cell.
Researchers are of the opinion that further studies will be able to confirm the correct dosage for taking grapes for their therapeutic value.