Red wine is almost a medicine for heart disease, and now a NEW use for it has been found: 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 US women.
This new study 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. New studies show that, despite earlier conclusions, white wine lacked the same effect.
The researchers called their findings encouraging, saying women who occasionally drink alcohol might want to reassess their choices. Researcher Chrisandra Shufelt says, "If you were to have a glass of wine with dinner, you may want to consider a glass of red. Switching may shift your risk."
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