Study: Red wine could cut breast cancer risk
If you took to heart the recent research linking moderate alcohol consumption with an increased risk of breast cancer in women, here’s another study to consider:
Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center found women who drink red wine in moderation might actually reduce their chances of getting breast cancer.
While alcohol is believed to increase estrogen levels in the body, the study found chemicals in the skins and seeds of red grapes slightly lowered estrogen levels while raising testosterone levels among premenopausal women who drank eight ounces of red wine a night for about a month, according to a Cedars-Sinai news release.
Drinking white wine didn’t achieve the same effect, researchers found.
The study was published online in the Journal of Women’s Health.
Larger studies are still needed to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of red wine to see if it specifically changes breast cancer risk, study co-author Dr. Glenn Braunstein said in the news release.
He also cautioned about the recent data that indicated even moderate amounts of alcohol may increase the risk of breast cancer in women. Until larger studies are done, Braunstein said he wouldn’t advise teetotalers to take up red wine-drinking.
The large Harvard study released in November found women who consume even three to six alcoholic drinks a week are at a slightly-increased risk of breast cancer.