Friday, November 25, 2011
Stop breast cancer growth with red wine
This article explores how resveratrol, an ingredient found in red wine can stop breast cancer growth. Resveratrol stops breast cancer cells from growing by blocking the growth effects of estrogen. This discovery was made by Italian and American scientists and suggests that resveratrol is able to counteract the malignant growth of breast cancer since it is able to inhibit the production of hormone resistant breast cancer cells. Experiments were conducted where several breast cancer cells expressing the estrogen receptor were treated with resveratrol and the growth was compared to cells that were left untreated. The researchers found a significant reduction in cell growth in the cells treated with resveratrol and no change in the cells that were untreated. Other experiments showed that this effect was related to a reduction of estrogen receptor levels caused by the resveratrol. This can be key for the treatment of woman with breast cancer whose tumors have developed a resistance to hormonal therapy.