A chemical found in red wine can stop breast cancer in its tracks, according to new research.
tests have shown resveratrol, which is found in the skin of grapes,
could halt the development of the disease by blocking the growth effects
of the hormone oestrogen.
Scientists said the finding published in The FASEB Journal has important implications for the treatment of patients.
Sebastiano Ando, of the University of Calabria in Italy, said:
'Resveratrol is a potential pharmacological tool to be exploited when
breast cancer become resistant to the hormonal therapy.'
The key chemical is also found in blueberries, peanuts and cranberries.
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women, and almost 45,000 cases are diagnosed in the UK every year. Resveratrol
works by blocking the way oestrogen combines with DNA in a woman's body
to spread tumour cells by turning them malignant.
Source - Daily Mail