Red Wine Helps Kill Cancer Cells, New Study Reports


We already know drinking red wine in moderation can do the ol’ body good. This is due in large part to the compound resveratrol, which science has reduced to a handy little pill. But Dr. Michael Nicholl of the University of Missouri is taking the compound’s benefits one step further and researching its ability to kill cancer cells.

His work found that radiation in conjunction with large doses of resveratrol might help wipe out cancer cells. “When resveratrol is given, [cancer cells’] normal recovery is taken away,” he told The Times. That, in turn, allows radiation to concentrate its power on ridding the body of the disease. So it’s not necessarily the compound itself that kills off cancer; it’s combining it with radiation that could prove lethal to these cells.

However, this is just one part of the puzzle and there are side-effects to taking oral resveratrol supplements, including intestinal distress, bloating and diarrhea. Much more research needs to be done to support the findings, but it does present a hopeful future for cancer therapy.

H/T LA Times


This ‘Red Wine’ Pill Takes All the Fun Out of Getting Healthy


We’ve all heard that a glass of red wine a day is good for you – that it helps prevent heart disease, is full of antioxidants, etc. But what if you could reap 100 times the normal health benefits of red wine just by taking a single pill? Yeahhhh, science bitch!

It’s just too bad these things are non-alcoholic.

Created by a group of researchers at Harvard Medical School, the “red wine pill” is designed to mimic the effects of the red wine compound resveratrol, which has been proven to activate a protein that “promotes health and longevity in animals,” according to Drinks Business.

Though the pill is still in the tasting stages, the drug appears to be safe for humans and to increase immunity in mice against obesity and aging. Scientists hope it will be commercially available within the next five years.

Now I know what you’re thinking, at least 60% of why anyone ever drinks red wine before bedtime is for the warm, sleepy time feeling it gives – which, in the case of this pill, will be sorely, sorely missed. But for anyone who might not like the taste of red wine (i.e., me), it could also be a solid way to drink to your health, without actually drinking.

Just call me when you have a “white wine” flavored-pill, mmkay?

H/T + PicThx Drinks Business