Red wine: keeps your weight down, and fights cancer?
Here's a fascinating article from Sara Castellanos at the Aurora Sentinel, on the research being done on resveratrol, a compound found in the skin of grape that damages cancer cells, and fights obesity. A perfect excuse to drink a whole lot of red wine:
Red wine contains much more of a compound called resveratrol, found in the skin of grapes and also in peanuts and leeks.
Sclafani and his colleagues are currently testing the effects of resveratrol on mice, and this month he received encouraging news from overseas that resveratrol can have health benefits for obese humans.
“There are a number of studies in animals where you can take an animal like a mouse and give it cancer by treating it with carcinogens or manipulating the genes in mice so they’ll get cancer,” Sclafani said. “If you treat the animal with resveratrol, it blunts the effect; they either get less cancers, cancers never develop or they never go anywhere.”