Half a glass of red wine 'protects from cancer'

Half a glass of red wine a day could protect you from colon cancer, scientists have discovered.

The study found that a diet rich in grapes can help prevent the third most common form of cancer, one that kills more than half a million people worldwide and over 16,000 in Britain every year.

The University of California, Irvine cancer researchers found an ingredient in grapes, called resveratrol, blocks a chemical pathway that helps cancer spread. They hope that as well as preventing cancer, the discovery could lead to new therapies for sufferers.

"This is truly exciting, because it suggests that substances in grapes can block a key intracellular signalling pathway involved in the development of colon cancer before a tumour develops," said Dr Randall Holcombe, who led the research.

The team studied patients diagnosed with colon cancer. One group was given 20 milligrams daily of resveratrol as a pill; another drank 120 grams (4oz) daily of grape powder mixed in water; and a third drank 80 grams (3oz) daily of grape powder.

While the supplements did not have an impact on existing tumours, biopsied colon tissue showed the patients taking 80 grams of grape powder drastically reduced the inter cell signals needed for tumours to spread.

Source - Daily Mail

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