By Sola Ogundipe
Resveratrol, a natural compound found in red wine, grape skins, blueberries, pomegranates and several other plants, could be key to curing aggressive prostate cancer, according to latest research.
Evidence has been found that the component, which has been found to benefit health in a myriad of ways prevents heart disease, helps keep weight under control, normalises cholesterol levels and may prevent diabetes and even help treat neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia.
Studies by a University of Missouri scientist has uncovered ways resveratrol might be used to create a cure for even the most aggressive prostate cancers.
This study by Michael Nicholl, an Assistant Professor of Surgical Oncology, MU School of Medicine, was recently published in the Journal of Andrology and Cancer Science.
Other studies have noted that resveratrol made tumour cells more susceptible to chemotherapy, and we wanted to see if it had the same effect for radiation therapy.
When exposed to the compound, the tumour cells were more susceptible to radiation treatment. Nicholl found that when resveratrol was used along with radiation, up to 97 percent of all cancer tumour cells completely died — an extraordinarily higher percentage than treatment with radiation alone.
“It’s important to note that this killed all types of prostate tumor cells, including aggressive tumour cells,” Nicholl stated.
Resveratrol is available in foods and over-the-counter supplements. While Nicholl’s research doesn’t delve into whether the natural compound could prevent or treat any malignancies on its own, his findings do suggest that ingesting resveratrol might have an anti-cancer impact.
In his press statement, he noted that the dosage needed to have an effect on tumour cells is so great that many people would experience uncomfortable side effects if they consumed that much resveratrol. Note that he doesn’t say “all people” might experience side effects or that those effects would be dangerous.
“It’s very attractive as a therapeutic agent since it is a natural compound and something that most of us have consumed in our lifetimes,” Nicholl said.
“We don’t need a large dose at the site of the tumoru, but the body processes this compound so efficiently that a person needs to ingest a lot of resveratrol to make sure enough of it ends up at the tumoru site.”