Posts Tagged ‘resveratrol’

Can Red Wine Reduce the Risk of Cancer?

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

A recent study presented at the Resveratrol 2012 Conference concluded that a chemical found in red wine, resveratrol, could reduce the risk of cancer.  This followed a long history of the chemical being linked to cancer prevention dating back to 1997 when researchers reported that mice were given a known carcinogen resisted developing skin cancer after topical applications of resveratrol.  Several other animal studies have shown similar results with gastrointestinal and mammary tumors.

The current researchers suggest that a daily dose of resveratrol, equivalent to two glasses of red wine, can decrease the risk of bowel cancer by 50% based upon laboratory models. The conference brings together  the world experts in resveratrol and research is ongoing to evaluate  the  impact of resveratrol on cancer, heart disease, diabetes, neurological disease, and life extension. Over 65 lectures, presentations and poster by different researchers were presented at the conference.  The researcher said “With all of the exciting new studies that are being done—especially the clinical trials—I hope we’ll have a clearer picture in the next few years.”

Breast Cancer Growth Stopped by Resveratrol in Red Wine

Friday, October 7th, 2011

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A new study reported in the October issue of the Federation of the American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB journal) concluded that resveratrol in red wine stops breast cancer cells from growing by blocking the growth effects of estrogen. These findings vary from earlier findings about red wine and cancer. The researchers used several breast cancer cell lines expressing the estrogen receptor to test the effect of resveratrol. Comparing the growth of cells treated with resveratrol to those untreated they found an important reduction in cell growth in the cells treated with resveratrol but no reduction in growth of the untreated cells. Additional studies showed that this reduction in growth was related to a drastic reduction of estrogen receptor levels caused by the resveratrol. The authors concluded that although these findings are exciting, “in no way does it mean that people should go out and start drinking red wine or resveratrol supplements as a treatment for breast cancer.”