Red wine linked to cancer prevention

Enjoying a moderate intake of red wine may, in turn, decrease the risk of developing lung cancer among men, it has been noted.

And in news that may be of interest to seniors looking for retirement living advice, Eurekalert states that new research from the US has suggested that the beverage may be particularly beneficial for smokers.

Red wine linked to cancer prevention

In a report in the October issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, Chun Chao, a research scientist at Kaiser Permanente Department of Research and Evaluation in California, said that it was the antioxidant component in red wine which may offer protection against the disease.

Researchers compiled data relating to the lifestyles and demographics of 84,170 men aged between 45 to 69-years-old and found that there was on average a two percent lower lung cancer risk associated with each glass of red wine consumed per month.

"Red wine is known to contain high levels of antioxidants. There is a compound called resveratrol that is very rich in red wine because it is derived from the grape skin. This compound has shown significant health benefits in preclinical studies," Mr Chao said.

Meanwhile, a study reported in Nature Magazine has suggested that a common intestinal bacteria may provide protection against developing type one diabetes.

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