Red Wine

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Daily Red Wine Cuts Prostate Cancer Risk By Half
Grape Skin Protein Kills Cancer Cells

Daily Red Wine Cuts Prostate Cancer Risk By Half


Men who drink one glass a wine a day are likely to reduce their risk of the most aggressive forms of prostate cancer by 50 percent, according to a cancer research study. The cancer-fighting compound, resveratrol, is found in the red grapes that are used to make red wine. Resveratrol is also found in peanuts and raspberries. Upon testing other liquors such as beer and hard liquor, researchers found they produced no significant effects.

How Does Resveratrol Help Control Cancer Development?

Because it is an antioxidant, it has the ability to clear dangerous cancer-inducing radicals from the body

Its anti-inflammatory properties prevent certain enzymes from forming that trigger tumor development

It cuts down cell reproduction, which helps reduce the number of cell divisions that could contribute to the progression of cancer cell growth

May play a similar role to estrogen by its ability to reduce testosterone levels, which promote the cancer growth

The study involved interviewing two groups of men: 753 recently diagnosed prostate cancer patients and 703 healthy patients, who acted as the control group. The goal of the study was to evaluate the possible benefits of drinking red wine. The participant's ages ranged from 40-64, with the majority under the age of 60.

This youthful range was considered one of the strong aspects of the study due to the fact the risks of prostate cancer are lower in younger age groups. This factor also allowed researchers to hone in on specific environmental factors of cancer risk such as wine consumption.

Future studies are being planned to further research the relationship between resveratrol and prostate cancer.
Source: www.mercola.com/2004/oct/6/red_wine_cancer.htm

Comments Dr. Joseph Mercola, author of Total Health Program


In an earlier study it was reported that antioxidants weren't as effective as green and black tea in slowing down the progression of prostate cancer. Knowing the benefits of resveratrol, these findings surprised me.

It now seems my suspicions were confirmed with research that found drinking a glass of red wine a day may cut a man's risk of prostate cancer in half. Moreover, the protective effect appears to be strongest against the most aggressive forms of the disease.

Resveratrol should be added to the list of tools to fight prostate cancer. These include:

While red wine is shown to provide some great health benefits, I do not advocate drinking red wine at all as I am convinced that the alcohol itself is actually a poison and will unbalance your hormones. I am looking into using grape pomace. Grape pomace, a by-product of winemaking and is loaded with resveratrol and many other polyphenolic bioflavanoids and antioxidants. To the best of my knowledge it is not commercially available. I will be seeking to find a source but if anyone knows where to find this please let us know by contacting our customer support team. In the meantime you can purchase resveratrol supplements, but my guess is that it would not actually be as good as the grape pomace which is likely to be less expensive and far more effective.

If you insist on drinking red wine you also need to check on the growing conditions of the grapes and how the wine is made. If the wine isn't made with organic grapes, it may contain no resveratrol at all. You also need to be aware that consuming large amounts of wine or grapes, which have a lower concentration of antioxidants than wine, will increase insulin levels and eventually have a negative impact on your health. It may be beneficial to consume whole grape skins and pass up the meat of the grape, which has no resveratrol but a lot of extra fructose.

Grape Skin Protein Kills Cancer Cells


Scientists have just begun to discover how drinking red wine, which contains the compound resveratrol, in moderation has contributed to controlling disease.

Marty Mayo, assistant professor of biochemistry, stated that resveratrol blocked the ability of an integral protein that fed it and by doing so aided in the prevention of cancer cells. The protein responsible for stimulating gene functions that promote cell survival is known as nuclear factor kappa B (Nf-kB) and is located inside the nucleus of all cells.

Mayo recommended that one glass of wine, three or four times a week, contained the sufficient amount of resveratrol to protect the protein from thriving cancer cells.

Mayo also cautioned against exceeding the recommended limit of wine consumption, because doing so could increase the risk of cancer.

Facts on Resveratrol

It’s an antioxidant found in various types of plants, including grape skins, raspberries, mulberries and peanuts.

In nature it functions as a preventative element to fight fungus during the rainy season.

In the United States it is sold over-the-counter as a nutritional supplement.

Mayo theorized that the cancer cells resveratrol came in contact with died as a result of a built-up sensitivity to a compound called Tumor Nectrosis Factor alpha (TNFa).

It is also believed a process referred to as apoptosis, the self-destruction of cancer cells, was activated by the compound resveratrol.

Other studies have revealed that resveratrol could play a role in controlling diseases such as atherosclerosis, heart disease, arthritis and autoimmune disorders.

Comments Dr. Joseph Mercola, author of Total Health Program


I have rarely been so excited about a compound. Resveratrol is an antioxidant found in a number of plants, including grape skins, raspberries, mulberries and peanuts and is known to have a number of beneficial health effects, including fighting cancer as I wrote back in 2002. It belongs to a family of compounds known as polyphenols, which are known to combat damaging free radicals in the body.

Wine is the primary dietary source of resveratrol. For comparison, fresh grape skin contains about 50 to 100 micrograms of resveratrol per gram, while red wine concentrations range from 1.5 to 3 milligrams per liter.

Wine does appear to be reasonably safe in moderation, however there are some precautions that need to be taken in regard to red wine, or any alcohol, consumption. While drinking about one glass of red wine each day may yield some benefit, drinking two or more glasses (of wine or any alcoholic beverage) may offset the benefit and increase your risk of certain cancers.

When drinking red wine you also need to check on the growing conditions of the grapes and how the wine is made. If the wine isn’t made with organic grapes, it may contain no resveratrol at all.

You also need to be aware that consuming large amounts of wine or grapes, which have a lower concentration of antioxidants than wine, will increase insulin levels and eventually have a negative impact on your health. It may be beneficial to consume whole grape skins and pass up the meat of the grape, which has no resveratrol but a lot of extra fructose.
Source: www.mercola.com/2004/jun/9/grape_skin.htm

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Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities. - Bible, 1 Timothy 5:23



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