Red Wine

So one of the recent studies stated that alcohol, including red wine, accelerates the risk of breast cancer.  A month later, a new study finds that red wine may be helpful, not hazardous…but the study ONLY focused on pre-menopausal women.  And white wine has no benefit at all.  Read full article at : http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120106105925.htm

Drinking red wine in moderation may reduce one of the risk factors for breast cancer, providing a natural weapon to combat a major cause of death among U.S. women, new research from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center shows.
The study, published online in theJournal of Women’s Health, challenges the widely-held belief that all types of alcohol consumption heighten the risk of developing breast cancer. Doctors long have determined that alcohol increases the body’s estrogen levels, fostering the growth of cancer cells.  But the Cedars-Sinai study found that chemicals in the skins and seeds of red grapes slightly lowered estrogen levels while elevating testosterone among premenopausal women who drank eight ounces of red wine nightly for about a month.  White wine lacked the same effect.

The article goes on to state that researchers called their findings encouraging, saying women who occasionally drink alcohol might want to reassess their choices.  “If you were to have a glass of wine with dinner, you may want to consider a glass of red,” said Chrisandra Shufelt, MD, assistant director of the Women’s Heart Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and one of the study’s co-authors. “Switching may shift your risk.” “There are chemicals in red grape skin and red grape seeds that are not found in white grapes that may decrease breast cancer risk,” said Braunstein, vice president for Clinical Innovation and the James R. Klinenberg, MD, Chair in Medicine.

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