Scientists reach greater understanding of how Resveratrol inhibits pancreatic cancer cells

February 08, 2007

Resveratrol is a polyphenol found in red grape skins. It has anticancer and anti-inflammatory activity. MIC-1 (macrophage inhibitory cytokine) has anticancer activity and cancer cells treated with Resveratrol have higher levels of MIC-1. Resveratrol has been shown to inhibit human pancreatic cells. In this study adding Resveratrol to different pancreatic cancer cell lines inhibited pancreatic cell proliferation compared to controls. As it turns out the mechanism by which Resveratrol inhibits these pancreatic cancer cells is also by stimulating MIC-1. The study is published in the January 24th, 2007 issue of The Journal of Surgical research.

More support for Green Teas ability to help protect from stroke

Malignant stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive rats develop severe high blood pressure and die from a stroke at a very young age. In this study these rats destined to die from a stroke were supplemented with Green Tea Polyphenols starting at 5 weeks of age. The Green Tea Polyphenols slowed the onset of high blood pressure compared to un-supplemented rats and significantly delayed the onset of stroke. The study is published in the January 18th, 2007 issue of Medical Science Monitor; international medical journal of experimental and clinical research. Commentary by Jerry Hickey, R.Ph.; a number of large epidemiological studies show that drinking Green Tea daily decreases the risk of stroke in humans.