Resveratrol (RV) is a natural compound found in a variety of plants and has recently gained a high profile for its potential in the fight against carcinomas. Research into resveratrol and prostate cancer has started and the results are starting to become available. There is reason to be hopeful from these initial findings.
In a study using prostate cancer cells in the laboratory, it was found that RV was able to inhibit the growth of these cells.
In other studies, RV was found to be able to interfere with all three stages of carcinoma development namely tumor initiation, promotion and progression.
These results give reason for hope that the clinical studies that are to follow, will reveal even more evidence of the protective effect of this compound.
Even if RV is effective in protecting against or curing prostate malignancies, it still quite important to know what the possible side effects are.
Researchers have also looked at this question and the good news is so far resveratrol side effects are minimal. Using animals the researchers have found: no irritation to the skin or eyes, no allergic reactions, no adverse effect on unborn embryos, no mutations arising from its use and not toxic to DNA.
In human volunteers, no serious adverse reactions were seen in people given up to 5g of RV or 900mg per day over 2 days other than raised levels of bilirubin and an enzyme with a long name. Both conditions resolved within a week.
Thus if RV eventually gets confirmed as cure for prostate cancer, a strong case has been made for its safety.
Another area that the researchers will need to resolve is how best to administer the drug. From some of the work in animals, it looks like they got different results from different routes of administration.
So the results of direct application on the skin, would differ from taking the drug through drinking water, and would differ from taking it with food pellets and so on.
So it is happening out there and it is exciting and we await more results with eager anticipation. I am quite optimistic that we will have positive outcomes from the continuing research on resveratrol and prostate cancer.
Meanwhile it may be prudent to take a supplement that contains resveratrol. Given the safety and the benefits which include weight management, powerful antioxidant, anticancer and anti-aging effects, there seems no good reason why one should not take advantage of this wonder product.
However, it is best to take RV not by itself but as part of a multi-nutrient multi-ingredient mixture in which the final result is more than the sum of its parts. This is because of the synergistic effects of the ingredients on each other.
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