the chemical compound found in red wine is to be used in
four pills being developed by scientists at the University
of Leicester to help stop cancer, reports Decanter. Other
chemicals include tricin from rice, anthocyanins (antioxidants
from bilberries, but also found in red wine) and curcumin,
from curry spices.
UK newspaper, the Daily Mail says the scientists
are looking to use food compounds to prevent the onset of
breast, colon and prostate cancer. The pills are predicted
to be on the shelves by 2010 and the researchers say they
could be 'highly effective' as a means of preventing human
cells from becoming malignant.
'These [compounds] have proved highly effective
in the laboratory – it is extraordinary,' said Professor
Will Steward. 'We know they are safe to use but we want
to establish if they are effective in humans.'
Tests using the tablets are ongoing, with
further clinical trials expected.
Details at http://www.decanter.com