Resveratrol : The Super Compound That May Help Radiation Treatment

A recent study conducted at the university of Missouri found resveratrol, a compound found in red grape skins and red wine, could potentially increase the effectiveness of radiation treatment on certain tumour cells. Resveratrols potential role in promoting health and longevity, increasing life expectancy and curing certain diseases is well established. In order to harness these effects pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline have been researching resveratrol in order to develop a synthetic version of it for general use. It is also believed that the finished product will become available in just five years time! Michael Nicholl, the lead researcher of this recent study on resveratrol and radiotherapy treatment said:

“Our study investigated how resveratrol and radiotherapy inhibit the survival of melanoma cells”

The study concluded (although more research is needed) that the melanoma cells became more susceptible to the radiation treatment if they were treated with resveratrol first.


ScienceDaily, (2013). Compound in grapes, red wine could help treat multiple types of cancer. Retrieved 18th October, 2013, from

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