In Smokers, Red Wine May Prevent Lung Cancer

October 13, 2008 01:45 PM
by Sarah Amandolare
A new study suggests drinking red wine can prevent lung cancer in people who smoke, supplementing recent research linking red wine compounds to additional health benefits.

Red Wine's Latest Benefit

Reuters reports that red wine could reduce lung cancer risk, particularly among current and ex-smokers, according to new research. Along with his colleagues, Dr. Chun Chao of Kaiser Permanente Southern California in Pasadena found that those "who had ever smoked and who drank at least a glass of red wine daily were 60 percent" less likely to get lung cancer "than ever-smokers who didn't drink alcohol." White wine did not reduce risk, which suggests that the compounds in red wine, rather than "the healthier lifestyle associated with wine drinking," were protective against lung cancer.

The report supports previous studies, which found that moderate consumption of red wine, already known to promote health, may be even more effective in extending the human lifespan than previously believed. The compound resveratrol, an ingredient in some red wines, was found to activate protein agents called “sirtuins,” which preserve and protect tissues in the human body.
Resveratrol and flavonoids, which are "believed to provide much of red wine's benefits," are also present in grape juice. Varieties produced from dark purple and red Concord grapes have higher levels of the helpful compounds, according to a Sept. 2008 article in The New York Times.

Background: Isolating wine’s longevity factor and testing it on mice

Related Topics: Longevity studies tout various diets; the ‘French paradox’

Reference: Drink to your health with red wine


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