Nuts in 2003 received the FDA’s first qualified health claim for a food: “Scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.” The FDA announcement was in response to a petition from the International Tree Nut Council’s (INC) Nutrition Research & Education Foundation.
Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. has won a patent for a method of extracting oil from the tiny seeds of cranberries. This news makes me want to go out and buy a bag of cranberries and just take a look at those seeds….pretty tiny if I remember correctly. It will take an awful lot of berries to come up with enough oil with therapeutic value, but Ocean Spray is wise to come up with a product that uses the left over mash left from squeezing out all that juice. The patent claims the extracted oil can be used for “treating or reducing the occurrence of breast cancer,” among other diseases. This is a pretty powerful claim, and from what I have read all research is definitely in the preliminary stage.
The patent claims the use of the oil for its anticancer, hypocholesterolemic, antithrombotic, antioxidizing, antiatherogenic, antiinflammatory, and immunoregulatory properties. I am already a big believer in the use of grapefruit seed extract and I think it makes sense that seeds would be powerhouses in medicinal value. Just think of the nutrient value one gets from seed sprouts. I would think that one could look at the beneficial aspects of a vegetable or fruit and then look to the seed for the corresponding concentrated benefit.
The above cranberry image comes from Information Website for Cranberry Seed Extracts which provides exactly the information it says it does! No product page though, and is provided by a company called Fruit Essentials Incorporated….I have no idea who they are except that they are located in Wisconsin, not New England.
I did find a botanical seed oil available online at Botanic Oil Innovations, so obviously this is a market that is being jumped on by others. I have no affiliation or monetary connection to any of these links by the way. Just thought they might be helpful.
The research was funded by the Italian Ministry of Education and the University of Messina, Italy.
Genistein, an isoflavone phytoestrogen, is found abundantly in soybean products. Experts who study it hope it can build bone without the adverse side effects — such as increased risk of heart disease and certain cancers — associated with hormone replacement therapy.