Rochester researchers discovered that resveratrol, found in red wine, red and purple grape skins, and purple and red
grape juice can kill pancreatic cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone.
This is great news for those who want
to prevent pancreatic cancer or help with its treatment once diagnosed.
The new study also showed that
when the pancreatic cancer cells were doubly assaulted -- pre-treated with the antioxidant, resveratrol, and irradiated --
the combination induced cell death, an important goal of cancer therapy.
The researchers suggest resveratrol
not only reaches its intended target, injuring the nexus of malignant cells, but at the same time protects normal tissue from
the harmful effects of radiation.
According to the researchers, resveratrol seems to have a therapeutic gain by
making tumor cells more sensitive to radiation and making normal tissue less sensitive.
The discovery is critical
because, like the cell nucleus, the mitochondria contains its own DNA and has the ability to continuously supply the cell
with energy when functioning properly. Stopping the energy flow theoretically stops the cancer.
Although red wine
consumption during chemotherapy or radiation treatment has not been well studied, it is not "contraindicated," the
A better choice for all of us would be to drink as much red or purple grape juice
as possible. Making it your drink of choice wouldn't be a bad move, either. Drinking a glass or two of purple grape juice
prior to having X-rays might be helpful, too. Also consider snacking on red or purple grapes, and don't forget to eat
all the skins!