Wednesday, 12 December 2007

Red Wine's Health Benefits May Help Prevent Breast Cancer

Science Daily ( has reported that researchers at Northwestern University Medical School have found that a chemical in red wine believed to help reduce risk for heart disease is a form of estrogen. The substance, resveratrol, is highly concentrated in the skin of grapes and is abundant in red wine.

Resveratrol protects grapes and some other plants against fungal infections. It has been shown previously to have a number of potentially beneficial properties, including antioxidant, anticoagulant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects.

Resveratrol has a molecular structure similar to that of synthetic estrogen. The major natural estrogen found in humans is estradiol and resveratrol could be used to replace this. Estrogens are used in the treatment of breast cancer and postmenopausal osteoporosis.

Some researchers have previously suggested that it would be beneficial to supplement people's diets with resveratrol because of its anticarcinogenic and anti-arteriosclerotic properties.
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