By Resveratrol News, Bill Sardi,

Resveratrol induces cancer cells to die off in a preferred manner so their cellular debris will be digested by white blood cells called phagocytes, a process called apoptosis.

Cancer cells are immortal. They refuse to grow up (mature) and die off in a gradual manner as do normal cells. The normal process of cell death is called apoptosis
(Pronounce: ay-pa-tow-siss). Toxic methods of killing cancer cells, such as radiation and chemotherapy, harshly destroy cancer cells by causing them to break open, release their contents and damage neighboring cells and provoke inflammation. This is why cancer treatment is fraught with side effects. The way that cancer cells are killed may determine and severity of treatment-induced side effects and the survival of the cancer patient.

The discovery, that resveratrol exerts profound ability to induce apoptic cell death was described in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal in 2003 (volume 117, p 2340). Resveratrol facilitates apoptosis by converting lipids (fats) in the outer membrane of tumor cells into a molecule called ceramide. A more recent report shows that resveratrol, and some altered resveratrol-like molecules, cause aggressive breast cancer cells to die off in a preferred manner. [Journal Medicinal Chemistry 48: 6783-86, 2005] -Resveratrol News, Bill Sardi.

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