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Got Cancer-fighting Mojo? Red Wine May

Feb 1, 2012
Got Cancer-fighting Mojo? Red Wine May
Recent study shows drinking red wine in moderation may help curb breast cancer risk

red-wineIt seems like some scientist is always touting the powerful properties of red wine. But when a study’s findings have the potential to impact thousands of women a year, we take notice.

According to researchers at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, drinking red wine in moderation may reduce one of the risk factors for breast cancer, the leading type of women’s cancer in the United States. Last year, it accounted for an estimated 39,000 deaths, according to the American Cancer Society.

The study, published online in the Journal of Women’s Health, found that chemicals in the skins and seeds of red grapes slightly lowered estrogen levels — the hormone that fosters cancer cell growth — among premenopausal women who drank eight ounces of red wine nightly for a month.

In the study, 36 women drank either cabernet sauvignon or chardonnay, then switched to the other type of wine. When blood was drawn and hormone levels measured, researchers confirmed that the change in hormone patterns suggested that red wine may stem the growth of cancer cells.

The findings were encouraging enough that the researchers suggest reaching for red instead of white if you’re a woman who drinks wine moderately.

Do you drink red wine for your health? Tell us why below.

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