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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Study Suggests that A Combo of Polyphenols in Green Tea and Red Wine Could Halt Prostate Cancer Growth

Scientists believe that antioxidants in a combination of red wine and green tea inhibit the growth of prostate cancer as well as colon cancer, breast cancer and gastric cancers. An article in ScienceDaily discusses this new and exciting discovery that may lead to a major advance in the treatment of these cancers:  

This new discovery, published online in The FASEB Journal, explains how antioxidants in red wine and green tea produce a combined effect to disrupt an important cell signaling pathway necessary for prostate cancer growth. This finding is important because it may lead to the development of drugs that could stop or slow cancer progression, or improve current treatments.

'Not only does SphK1/S1P signaling pathway play a role in prostate cancer, but it also plays a role in other cancers, such as colon cancer, breast cancer, and gastric cancers,' said Gerald Weissmann, MD, editor-in-chief of The FASEB Journal. 'Even if future studies show that drinking red wine and green tea isn't as effective in humans as we hope, knowing that the compounds in those drinks disrupts this pathway is an important step toward developing drugs that hit the same target.'

'The profound impact that the antioxidants in red wine and green tea have on our bodies is more than anyone would have dreamt just 25 years ago,' Weissmann added. 'As long as they are taken in moderation, all signs show that red wine and green tea may be ranked among the most potent 'health foods' we know.'

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