Resveratrol May Help Reduce BRCA-1 Breast Cancer Risk

Women with BRCA-1 gene abnormalities are at a 60 percent increased risk for breast cancer and a 55 percent increased risk for ovarian cancer. A new study demonstrates the molecular mechanism showing that resveratrol1 can help offset this gene weakness.

BRCA-1 (breast cancer type 1 susceptibility protein) is an integral part of your natural breast cancer protection system. It is often interfered with by environmental toxins and pollution that look like estrogens. Approximately 10 percent of women have this inherited gene weakness. It is important to understand that no gene weakness is written in concrete. It requires a wear and tear burden of inflammatory factors to push a gene weakness into activation.

Women with a family history of breast cancer may wish to add resveratrol to their supplement program; this study indicates it is helpful in preventing the abnormal BRCA-1 gene function that is required for breast and ovarian cancer to manifest. This is a cell study, so this has not yet been proven in human use. However, it is very promising and details the precise mechanism involved with its helpful potential.

Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

Referenced Studies:

  1. ^ Resveratrol and Breast Cancer BRCA-1 Activation  J. Nutr.   Andreas J. Papoutsis, Sarah D. Lamore, Georg T. Wondrak, Ornella I. Selmin, and Donato F. Romagnolo.
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