We know that red wine and red grapes contain a powerful substance called resveratrol, which has been found to be beneficial for the brain. But a new study has found that giving a dose of resveratrol before radiation treatment may boost the cancer-killing powers of radiation treatment, too.
The study, from the University of Missouri School of Medicine, found that administering resveratrol before radiation made some melanoma tumor cells more susceptible to the radiation treatment. The researchers note that the tricky part is how to administer the resveratrol, and how much is right for treatment. They also need to test this combined therapy on different types of cancers to see if the combination is efficacious for all cancers or just certain types.
As a side note, many people ask whether white wine has resveratrol. The resveratrol is concentrated in the skins of the grapes. When red wine is made, the grapes are fermented with the skins so the good compounds leach into the wine. White wine is fermented without its skins, so there is no opportunity for the resveratrol to get into the wine. Therefore only red wine has the benefits of resveratrol. If you don’t drink wine, a handful of grapes with the skins on is just as good if not better!
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