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Red Wine Reduces Lung Cancer Risks

The momentum behind drinking a moderate amount of red wine each day for your good health continues as Spanish researchers found a daily glass reduces the risk of lung cancer by 13 percent compared to non-drinkers.

Researchers surveyed more than 300 people, mostly men in their late 60s. A little under half of the respondents suffered from lung cancer. Both groups drank similar amounts of wine -- about three-and-a-half glasses a day. However, slightly more than a third of lung cancer patients surveyed drank red wine compared to more than half of the others.

The report also suggested there was a slight chance white wine may increase the risk of lung cancer, although the finding was not considered statistically significant because of the small number of white wine drinkers.

If you read my eHealthy News You Can Use regularly, you know the real benefit of drinking red wine is resveratrol, a compound that naturally occurs in grapes and a few other plants. A known cancer fighter, resveratrol belongs to a family of compounds known as polyphenols which combat damaging free radicals in the body.

While red wine has been shown to provide some great health benefits, however, I do not advocate drinking red wine at all. I am convinced the alcohol contained in red wine is poisonous and will unbalance your hormones.

I have investigated grape pomace, a by-product of winemaking that is loaded with resveratrol and many other polyphenolic bioflavanoids and antioxidants, but, to the best of my knowledge, it is not commercially available.

BBC News October 27, 2004

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