Thursday, August 12, 2004

Fruitful Research - Killing Cancer with Grape Skins
"Previous studies attributed a reduction of heart disease in people who drink red wine to resveratrol, an antioxidant found in grape skins. The same mechanism that makes resveratrol an anti-inflammatory agent also helps it fight cancer, reports Marty Mayo at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville. Resveratrol inhibits the transcription factor NF-kB that stimulates genes responsible for cell survival, inflammation, and the proliferation that runs rampant in cancer. When applied to cancer cells, resveratrol sensitizes them to tumor necrosis factor-a, which initiates apoptosis. As a future drug treatment, resveratrol could both enhance the effectiveness of chemotherapy and relieve arthritis and atherosclerosis." MORE->

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