Does red wine help to prevent cancer?


Question from Anne: I have heard that moderate amounts of red wine can actually aid in the prevention of some cancers. Is breast cancer included in this? Does red wine really help? Or is this another myth?
Answers - Ronda Gates, M.S., R.Ph. The research on red wine has been done in relation to heart disease and cholesterol. The original studies came from France where there is a less stress-filled life, and newer studies support that people who have a less stress-filled life and drink wine have less heart disease. It may be the stress issue versus the wine issue.
Marisa Weiss, M.D. We could easily fill a whole night talking about stress! People believe that reservatrol and ellagic acid, both in red wine, may produce anti-cancer effects. Studies show you should limit your alcohol intake to three or fewer drinks per week to reduce breast cancer risk.
Ronda Gates, M.S., R.Ph. And don't drink even one glass of wine and drive, especially if you are on medication.

On Wednesday, July 19, 2000, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Food for Cancer Recovery. Ronda Gates, M.S., R.Ph. and moderator Marisa Weiss, M.D. answered your questions about nutrition and how it relates to cancer recovery.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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