New Study Suggest Key Ingredient In Red Wine May Lower Lung Cancer Risk

According to a new study conducted by Chun Chao, Ph.D., a research scientist at Kaiser Permanente in the October issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, an antioxidant contained in red wine called resveratrol may provide protection against lung cancer, told DOTmed News.

Dr. Chao reports that her study looked at demographic and lifestyle data from 84,170 Kaiser members aged 45 to 69, who were enrolled in Kaiser’s California Men’s Study between 2000 and 2003. The study identified 210 cases of lung cancer. As part of the study Dr. Chao measured the effect of beer, red wine, white wine and liquor consumption on the risk of lung cancer. Her research found there was a 2 percent lower lung cancer risk associated with each glass of red wine consumed per month, while there was no benefit noted for consumption of white wine, beer or liquor.

According to Dr. Chao’s research the most substantial risk reduction was indicated among smokers who drank one to two glasses of red wine per day. In percentage terms Chao’s study revealed a 60 percent reduction in lung cancer risk in the men included in the study. The study also revealed that men who smoke increased their risk of lung cancer by 10 percent, while red wine’s protective benefit for those in this group is roughly half that of non smokers.

Dr. Chao’s study is another step in proving the health benefits of resveratrol and its potential as a powerful cancer fighter.

Recent studies on mice that were given resveratrol supplements, showed the compound retarded lung cancer growth and also induced lung cancer cells to commit apoptosis. Apoptosis refers to cancer cells that are induced to self-destruct. The new biological drugs, like Velcade for multiple myeloma, are being engineered to perform this critical function.

Dr. Chao, says she’ll be looking at how drinking red wine affects prostate, colorectal and perhaps bladder cancer in upcoming studies.

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