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New Research Shows Resveratrol Benefits Breast Cancer

I’ve had my eye on resveratrol for quite some time because all kinds of health claims were being made about it, but as far as breast cancer is concerned, I was unable to find any definitive studies that showed it had the ability to help in the fight against breast cancer.  Until today.

Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant that is produced by some plants (most notably grapes) to protect the plant against environmental stresses.

New Spanish Study

A new study has been published on 17 November 2012 in Plant Foods for Human Nutrition Journal titled Cytotoxic Effect of Natural trans-Resveratrol Obtained from Elicited Vitis vinifera Cell Cultures on Three Cancer Cell Lines by Fernandez-Perez F, Belchi-Navarro S, Almagro L, Bru R, Pedreno MA and Gomez-Ros LV at the Department of Plant Biology, Faculty of Biology, University of Murcia, Campus Universitario de Espinardo, Murcia, Spain.

The researchers tested grapevine cell cultures on two human acute lymphocytic and monocytic leukemia cell lines, and one human breast cancer cell line and found that the effect of natural trans-Resveratrol (“trans-R”) “on cell proliferation is not only dose- and time-dependent but also cell type-dependent, as seen by the different degrees of susceptibility of the leukemia and breast cancer cell lines tested.”

The researchers found that treatment with low levels of trans-R concentration decreased cell proliferation by blocking certain cell cycles, rather than by inducing cell death, while high concentrations of trans-R decreased cell proliferation as a result of apoptosis (planned cell death) which is induced in all the cell lines.

Consult Your Naturopath for Proper Dosages

As a lay person, I cannot advise you as to the correct dosage for you but your naturopath can read through the study (and here is a link to it) and decipher the proper dosages.

I have been holding off recommending resveratrol on my Diet and Cancer page until a good study had been published, but I added it today.


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