A Story Too Good To Check

Every journalist fears (or, should fear) the story that is too good to check.  It’s too often just a trap.  But oh, me likey this news.

Rochester researchers showed for the first time that a natural antioxidant found in grape skins and red wine can help destroy pancreatic cancer cells by reaching to the cell’s core energy source, or mitochondria, and crippling its function. The study is published in the March edition of the journal, Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology.

The study also showed that when the pancreatic cancer cells were doubly assaulted — pre-treated with the antioxidant, resveratrol, and irradiated — the combination induced a type of cell death called apoptosis, an important goal of cancer therapy.

Woody Allen had it right.

Dr. Melik: This morning for breakfast he requested something called “wheat germ, organic honey and tiger’s milk.”
Dr. Aragon: [chuckling] Oh, yes. Those are the charmed substances that some years ago were thought to contain life-preserving properties.
Dr. Melik: You mean there was no deep fat? No steak or cream pies or… hot fudge?
Dr. Aragon: Those were thought to be unhealthy… precisely the opposite of what we now know to be true.
Dr. Melik: Incredible.

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One Comment on “A Story Too Good To Check”

  1. Jeff Bergman Says:

    This ingredient, resveratrol, is possible to obtain via supplements
    at dosages that equal the Dr. Sinclair Harvard study in which mice
    lived 31% longer. In November of last year Consumer Lab, the leading
    independent test organisation for supplements and over-the-counter
    drugs tested the leading resveratrol brands. They reported that not
    all products contained the amount of resveratrol claimed on their
    labels and web sites. Life Extension brand, for example contained
    less than 27% of the claimed resveratrol.Conversely, Biotivia
    Bioforte was rated as the best value per 100mg and second highest
    potency product and Biotivia Transmax was the highest potency
    supplement of those passing the evaluations. Be sure that you are
    getting what you are paying for if you decide to use this so called
    miracle molecule. Many supplement makers chose not to participate in
    the ConsumerLab evaluations.


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