Monday, May 6, 2013

Could Compound in Red Wine Help Cancer Patients?

For years, consumers and natural health advocates have been convinced of the benefits of resveratrol, the healthy by-product of red-wine grapes, but recently, the National Cancer Institute decided it was time to investigate further.

Teaming with a leading biotech firm, the National Cancer Institute is out to evaluate how derivatives of resveratrol can potentially impede cancer cell development. Human studies have just started, so conclusive evidence is not yet in hand. Still expert observers are intrigued.

"There is an abundance of very well done basic preclinical science to suggest a central role for resveratrol to reduce inflammation and potentially have a role in cancer and heart disease prevention and treatment," said Bryan C. Donohue, M.D., F.A.C.C., Chief, Division of Cardiology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center - Shadyside Hospital. "The funding by the National Cancer Institute of studies to examine the potential benefit of resveratrol among cancer patients points out the importance of this intriguing molecule. Important early stage clinical trials are now underway examining resveratrol's effectiveness among patients with heart disease, cancer, dementia and a host of other modern plagues."

In the meanwhile, many individuals simply looking for greater energy, enhanced clarity of thought and advanced overall well being are already benefiting from resveratrol supplementation, according to Dr. Donohue.

"I have had occasion to introduce hundreds of patients to daily resveratrol supplementation, ranging from healthy adults interested in health maintenance and prevention to more elderly individuals with specific health concerns," Dr. Donohue said. "The experience to date has been very gratifying. People have experienced greater energy, increased exercise tolerance, crispness and clarity of thought and a general bounce in their overall level of well-being. Simply feeling vividly well is a great way to begin the important campaign of achieving improved health."

"There are a wide variety of resveratrol products on the market, and many of them include low concentrations of the ingredient or they are of poor quality," Dr. Donohue said. "I recommend to my patients resveratrol supplements that have a high concentration of the ingredient. I prefer the product line from Vinomis (, because their products contain a concentration of 98 percent resveratrol plus pure red wine grape concentrate, and their Web site is an outstanding resource for independent studies and scientific information about natural compounds. My feeling is that patients who are well-educated about their health options make better choices." -- Tony Panaccio is a staff writer at News & Experts. Source: