I'm constantly reading journal articles to stay abreast of new developments in complimentary and alternative health. I recently read one in the Nutrition and Cancer Journal (Nutr Cancer. 2013;65(3):494-504) that caught my eye. I wanted to share it, briefly, with you guys.
Recently, a mixture of resveratrol and quercetin has been found to be of benefit in colon cancer. It seems this combo disables cancer cells' ability to self-destruct. This means that it "disarms" one of the self-preservation tools cancer cells use to stay alive.
The study also states that the mixture reduces the expression of various proteins in the cancer cells' RNA. This means that certain pieces of the cancer cells' genetic code is not passed along to new cells when the resvertrol and quercetin mixture is used. This is great! This is kind of like erasing part of a blue-print when building a machine. Without the proper instructions, it doesn't function as intended. This is the same with cancer cells; without the proper protein, the cancer cells stop behaving in the "normal" ways cancer cells behave.
While resveratrol is available as a supplement, it can be found in some foods. Red grapes, wine, and the like are very high in resveratrol. While drinking to excess can be detrimental, and I am in no way suggesting you start a new bad habit, if you already imbibe on occasion, consider a glass of red wine.
Quercetin has been around for quite a while, too. It is available as a supplement by itself and food sources include apples, red onions, black and green tea, red grapes, raspberries, cranberries, citrus fruits, and green leafy vegetables.
This study is consistent with other studies on the same natural constituents. I always feel good sharing great validation and wanted to pass it along to my readers quickly!