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Red Wine Compound and Aspirin May Halt Cancer

A research team at the Gustave Roussy Institute in Villejuif, France. led by Dr. Guido Koemer, has found that a combination of resveratrol and aspirin may knock out abnormal cells that lead to cancer.  Resveratrol is found in the skin of red grapes (and red wine) and much has been written about its potential efficacy in cardiovascular and cancer treatments as well as an anti-aging agent.

 

Lab mice with induced bowel cancer were found to have fewer abnormal cells in their guts when treated with a combination of resveratrol and aspirin.  Here’s where we get down in the weeds:  chromosomes normally come in pairs but precancerous cells, known a tetraploids, are copied four times over.  The researchers also found that these tetraploid cells in human bowel cancer cultures were similarly reduced.

 

Any advance in knocking out cancer is always welcome but so far no one is suggesting an aspirin downed with a glass of red wine is a good thing.  Still, one could be forgiven for thinking that red wine in moderation could be a healthy lifestyle.

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