Red wine ingredient Resveratrol stops breast cancer growth

Red Wine Ingredient Resveratrol Stops Breast Cancer Growth
New research in this month's issue of the FASEB Journal shows that resveratrol, the 'healthy' ingredient in red wine, stops breast cancer cells from growing by blocking the growth effects of oestrogen. The researchers found an important reduction in cancer cell growth in cells treated by resveratrol, while no changes were seen in untreated cells. This effect was related to a drastic reduction of oestrogen receptor levels.

Resveratrol has not only been linked to cancer, but studies show it has powerful and diverse effects on the heart and blood vessels, and is a potent antioxidant. It is also linked to reduced memory decline and is claimed to switch on 'longevity' genes. There are dozens of natural molecules, with strong anti-cancer activity, similar to resveratrol, collectively known as Salvestrols. This study adds weight to the growing evidence that concentrated Salvestrols may be effective natural chemotherapy. Since the Salvestrol concentration of foods varies enormously, and the obvious health risks of drinking excess red wine, getting higher amounts means taking supplements. I take an antioxidant formula every day that contains resveratrol, and also a vitamin C supplement containing black elderberry and bilberry extracts, both rich sources, as part of a daily prevention strategy.

Patrick Holford

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