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Reuters reports that American and British scientists are studying a compound called resveratrol, which has been shown in early studies to possibly possess anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer potential.

The really good news is that resveratrol is found in grape skins and wine -- particularly red wine.

It also is found in peanuts and several types of berries.

While there have been a number of studies suggesting that wine drinkers seem less likely to develop cancer, this is the first time that resveratrol has been mentioned as a possible contributing agent. Scientists are quick to point out that it could be resveratrol alone, or the compound in combination with one or several additional agents.

Tests are to begin early next year.
KC's View:
This is our kind of science, and we’re willing to make a donation to the cause…

Actually, we may be on the cutting edge of this particular research. Just last night, Mrs. Content Guy was asking us why we were having a third glass of wine, and we told her we were preventing cancer.

Actually, we have to tell you about the bottle of wine we were enjoying: a 1999 Dolcetto from the vineyards of Niebaum-Coppola, which was one of the best bottles of wine we’ve ever had. Just delicious. (And a limited edition -- it was the 2,199th bottle of just 4,613 produced.)

The only problem with this wine is that you either have to go to Napa or have friends who live in states where they can ship it. (Connecticut isn’t one of them, thanks to archaic laws.) But we have friends in the right places, and so we were able to enjoy a simply wonderful bottle of wine.