Resveratrol is a substance found in grapes that is best-known for its heart-loving ways. In clinical studies, resveratrol has been shown to reduce the “stickiness” of blood cells, and to help lower cholesterol. But this potent antioxidant can do a lot more than just keep your heart healthy.
It has been clinically proven to inhibit the cellular events that precipitate the growth of a tumor. By shunting tumor initiation, promotion and progression, resveratrol is able to block all three mechanisms of cancer formation.
The British Journal of Cancer (March, 2002) reports that the body converts resveratrol into a anticancer agent that can target and kill cancer cells. While earlier studies have shown that resveratrol has potent anti-cancer properties, this was the first study to actually show how resveratrol works.
There is an enzyme found in tumors known as CYP1B1. This enzyme converts resveratrol into piceatannol, a substance with documented anticancer activity. Piceatannol can force cancer cells to die early, an event called apoptosis. Most exciting, the premature cell death caused by piceatannol- resveratrol was limited to cancer cells, leaving normal cells unharmed.
Resveratrol behaves synergistically when paired with other nutrients. The combination of resveratrol and other bioflavonoids, vitamins C and E, and the trace mineral selenium can have a positive cardiovascular benefit by opening up arteries and blood vessels, and by minimizing free radical damage to blood vessel linings.
Resveratrol is natural, potent and safe. Recommended dosage for preventive purposes is one capsule per day. For therapeutic usage, the recommended dosage is three capsules per day.