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Red Wine Reduces Breast Cancer Risk

Well that is a headline that may have you sighing with relief, as most health regimes mean giving something up. But a glass of red wine a day could be a very good thing.

AnnA Rushton

The resveratrol in red wine can block the effect of estrogen and help to prevent the malignant growth of breast cancer. Resveratrol has been the subject of numerous scientific studies in recent years and has shown promise in lowering risks from cardiovascular disease, cancer and dementia.

If you think you look younger after a glass of red wine, you may be right as scientists also believe it may extend your lifespan by directly influencing mortality genes known as SIRT.

However, it is important to point out that while resveratrol is able to counteract the malignant progression of breast cancer cells by inhibiting the growth and spread of hormone resistant cancerous cells it does not have the same effect on non-malignant cells. This means it is more important for women who have breast cancer than as part of a preventive regime. For prevention, supplementation with bio-identical natural progesterone is a key factor in minimizing the effect that excess estrogen can have on the body.

If you’re not keen on red wine or grape juice then supplementing with resveratrol will bring the same health benefits. Nutrition experts recommend between 50 and 250 mg per day for optimal health benefits, preferably from a purified, organically derived source.

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Dr Baxter | 7:38 pm, October 17th, 2011

Whoa, not so fast. As the author of the book “Age Gets Better with
Wine” I have been closely following the resveratrol story for several years. There is still a big gap between what can be shown in the lab and what has been demonstrated in clinical studies. Resveratrol is not the whole story with wine and health, and to the extent that it might be helpful with cancer it is more likely that it is preventive rather than therapeutic. The longevity effect from SIRT activation from resveratrol has been disproven. And it is completely speculative to state that “resveratrol will bring the same health benefits” as wine. What we do know is that wine drinkers live longer and are healthier than nondrinkers, but the role of resveratrol remains to be determined.

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