A glass of red wine is often associated with comfort and self-indulgence. But the drink is also good for health.
New British research through experiments on mice found that resveratrol, which is found naturally in red wine, has a beneficial effect in terms of preventing colon cancer. The mice were given a level of just five milligrams, which corresponds to a glass of red wine per day to humans, writes Videnskab.dk.
- However, we do not know yet know whether it may also prevent colon cancer in humans, explains Ole Vang, who is a molecular biologist and associate professor at the Department of Science, Systems and Models, Roskilde University.
"It is almost impossible to document it in experiments with humans, because it would require large groups of people and a very long time. So it is unrealistic to imagine that we will ever be able to do such an experiment," he says.
"But based on what we have found out by animal testing so far, it looks really exciting and promising," the molecular biologist emphasizes.
It has long been known that resveratrol, which is also found in for example cranberries, blueberries and peanuts, can slow cancer cells from spreading in humans.
Until now, however, it has been thought that the required quantities was equivalent to drinking 200 glasses of red wine a day to get the desired effect. But based on the mice experiments, a British research team from Leicester University tried to give a group of patients who had surgery for colon cancer, the much smaller dose of wine, and it showed an effect which was at least as good as if it was a large dose, writes Videnskab.dk.
So, a glass a day, could keep the cancer away. Cheers!
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