Health News: Red Wine Could Be Key to Fighting Prostate Cancer

Resveratrol has been shown to have several beneficial effects on human health, including cardiovascular health and stroke prevention. Now a University of Missouri researcher has discovered that the compound can make prostate tumor cells more susceptible to radiation treatment, increasing the chances of a full recovery from all types of prostate cancer, including aggressive tumors.

Prostate tumor cells contain very low levels of two proteins, perforin and granzyme B, which can function together to kill cells. However, both proteins need to be highly “expressed” to kill tumor cells. When resveratrol was introduced into the prostate tumor cells, the activity of the two proteins increased greatly. Following radiation treatment, up to 97 percent of the tumor cells died, a much higher percentage than treatment with radiation alone.