|Can Red Wine and Grape Juice Help Thyroid Cancer?|
March 2002 -- Researchers at the Clinical Research Institute at Albany Medical College tested cells lines for papillary thyroid carcinoma and follicular thyroid carcinoma, and determined that treatment with resveratrol was able to activate the apoptosis (cell self-destruction) process in the cancer ells.
Resveratrol is an antioxidant found primarily in the skin of red grapes that is known to affect the stickiness of blood platelets and reduce inflammation. Research has suggested that resveratrol can inhibit the development of certain cancers in animals.
A glass of red wine or red grape juice can provide approximately 640 micrograms of resveratrol. Supplements typically come in dosages of 200 to 600 micrograms per day. The amount used in animals to prevent cancer would equal approximately 500 milligrams for humans, so its not known what quantity of foods or supplements could have a beneficial effect.
(Reference: Resveratrol Induces Apoptosis in Thyroid Cancer Cell Lines via a MAPK- and p53-Dependent Mechanism, The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Vol. 87, No. 3 1223-1232, 2002)
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