Friday, September 24, 2004


Some red wine with the fish?

I know that a bit of red wine is good for you but not that it had such drastic effects:

''We found that men who consumed four or more glasses of red wine per week reduced their risk of prostate cancer by 50 percent,'' Stanford said. ''Among men who consumed four or more 4-ounce glasses of red wine per week, we saw about a 60 percent lower incidence of the more aggressive types of prostate cancer,'' said Stanford, senior author of the study. ''The more clinically aggressive prostate cancer is where the strongest reduction in risk was observed.''

The list of "benefits" continues:

    • As an antioxidant, it helps sweep dangerous, cancer-causing free radicals from the body.
    • As a potent anti-inflammatory agent, it blocks certain enzymes that promote tumor development.
    • The compound also reduces cell proliferation, curtailing the number of cell divisions that could lead to cancer or the continued growth of cancer cells.
    • It also enhances apoptosis, or programmed cell death, which helps rid the body of cancerous cells.
    • It may act as an estrogen, reducing levels of circulating male hormones such as testosterone that fuel the growth of prostate cancer.

Although I'm not sure if what effects a lowered testosterone level will have. I guess I should be comforted by the fact that Italians drink plenty of red wine and there seems to be nothing wrong with their testosterone level..

White wine and beer doesn't seem to have any effect which is a shame as red wine doesn't really go well with Salmon and other healthy fish.

Via SienceBlog

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