Red wine protects against lung cancer: study

  1. Red wine protects against lung cancer: study

    Drinking red wine could protect against lung cancer but white wine may increase the risk, Spanish scientists say.

    The scientists have examined the effects of different types of wine on lung cancer, the most common and deadly form of the disease.

    Professor Juan Barros-Dios, of the University of Santiago de Compostela, says the change is slight but significant.

    "Consumption of red wine... was associated with a slight but statistically significant reduction in the development of lung cancer," he said.

    He says red wine contains tannins and resveratrol, substances that could explain the drink's anti-cancer properties.

    Tannins act as antioxidants, which mop up free radicals - particles harmful to cells.

    Resveratrol is known to fight cancer tumour growth.

    Professor Andrew Peacock, of the British Thoracic Society, says the research shows that red wine, in moderation, could protect against lung cancer.

    "We have known for a while that drinking a little red wine can protect against a number of conditions, from the common cold to coronary heart disease," he said.

    The scientists could find no explanation why white wine appears to increase lung cancer risk.

    "We really don't know how to explain this result. Maybe it highlights the difference in red and white wine composition," Dr Alberto Ruano-Ravina, who worked on the research, said.

    But the scientists emphasise the risk is very slight and only 39 white wine drinkers had been studied.

    Professor Barros-Dios is careful not to encourage binge drinking to combat the disease, which the latest World Health Organisation figures show killed 1.2 million people in 2000.

    "It would be extremely risky - and even dangerous - for recommendations to be drawn up endorsing high consumption of red wine for the prevention of lung cancer," he said.

    The researchers stress that the aim of the study is to investigate red wine's anti-cancer components, not to determine how much wine would ward off cancer.

    "We do not recommend drinking if you want to prevent lung cancer," Dr Ruano-Ravina said.

    The effects of wine drinking were studied in 132 people with lung cancer and 187 people who were in hospital for non-tobacco related minor surgery in the north-western Santiago de Compostela district of Spain.

    The results of the study are published in the journal Thorax.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems...0/s1230236.htm
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  3. by   luvin it
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    Red wine protects against lung cancer: study

    Drinking red wine could protect against lung cancer but white wine may increase the risk, Spanish scientists say.

    The scientists have examined the effects of different types of wine on lung cancer, the most common and deadly form of the disease.

    Professor Juan Barros-Dios, of the University of Santiago de Compostela, says the change is slight but significant.

    "Consumption of red wine... was associated with a slight but statistically significant reduction in the development of lung cancer," he said.

    He says red wine contains tannins and resveratrol, substances that could explain the drink's anti-cancer properties.

    Tannins act as antioxidants, which mop up free radicals - particles harmful to cells.

    Resveratrol is known to fight cancer tumour growth.

    Professor Andrew Peacock, of the British Thoracic Society, says the research shows that red wine, in moderation, could protect against lung cancer.

    "We have known for a while that drinking a little red wine can protect against a number of conditions, from the common cold to coronary heart disease," he said.

    The scientists could find no explanation why white wine appears to increase lung cancer risk.

    "We really don't know how to explain this result. Maybe it highlights the difference in red and white wine composition," Dr Alberto Ruano-Ravina, who worked on the research, said.

    But the scientists emphasise the risk is very slight and only 39 white wine drinkers had been studied.

    Professor Barros-Dios is careful not to encourage binge drinking to combat the disease, which the latest World Health Organisation figures show killed 1.2 million people in 2000.

    "It would be extremely risky - and even dangerous - for recommendations to be drawn up endorsing high consumption of red wine for the prevention of lung cancer," he said.

    The researchers stress that the aim of the study is to investigate red wine's anti-cancer components, not to determine how much wine would ward off cancer.

    "We do not recommend drinking if you want to prevent lung cancer," Dr Ruano-Ravina said.

    The effects of wine drinking were studied in 132 people with lung cancer and 187 people who were in hospital for non-tobacco related minor surgery in the north-western Santiago de Compostela district of Spain.

    The results of the study are published in the journal Thorax.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems...0/s1230236.htm
    my brother is a PhD of medical research. I have read in his inter-office memos where he has refused to publish study statisics d/t lack of COMMON SENSE. This man ( my brother) formulated a mathmatical formula for insurance reimburstment that vs. dr.'s profit. Yes red wine has tannin, that is what makes it red, but really, the BS in all of that article is insulting. It makes you wonder, who really is trying to say what? BTW where is the U of Santiago and is it not in a country that produces and exports red wine?
    Last edit by luvin it on Oct 30, '04
  4. by   URO-RN
    Very interesting article. Thanks for posting it.

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