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Grapes May Prevent Breast Cancer

Are you worried about becoming part of the ever-growing number of women that each year are diagnosed with breast cancer? In case you didn’t know, it’s 1 in 8. These are the chances you face that at some point in your life you will get to hear those terrible words. If it’s not you, it’s [...]

Are you worried about becoming part of the ever-growing number of women that each year are diagnosed with breast cancer? In case you didn’t know, it’s 1 in 8. These are the chances you face that at some point in your life you will get to hear those terrible words. If it’s not you, it’s someone you know or someone you care about.

Recent years have seen a shift in focus, with pharmaceutical companies leaning more towards natural alternatives that have chemopreventive properties. Nutrition is another important topic, and healthy diets are constantly being recommended by all specialists, particularly those rich in phytochemicals.

Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham have published a study detailing how proanthocyanidins (GSPs) and resveratrol (Res) commonly found in grapes have shown anticancer effects. While at this time it is still unclear what the overall process truly entails, it seems the two components work synergistically and combine to create an epigenetic reaction.

During testing conducted on samples of human breast cancer cells, both individually and together, GSPs and Res treatments displayed “significant decreases in cell viability” in tumors. Alone, the two compounds noted decreases of anywhere between 10 and 20 percent for the first 48 hours and between 30 and 40 percent alter 72 hours. When used in combination, they managed to affect the abnormal cells by 44% to 77% at 48 hours and between 69% and 90% at the 72 hour mark.

There is a clear inhibiting ability within these molecules. When it comes to the DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs) and histone deacetylases (HDACs), two mechanisms associated with cancer growth and development, the team observed noticeable apoptosis (cell death).

A multitude of factors can dictate the likelihood of cancer, but one of the simplest ways of improving your odds is having a balanced diet. Consider including grapes on the menu, they can be a great snack or treat at any moment of the day. Remember, taking care of your body means having more time along with your loved ones.

Stay healthy!

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