Health Benefits of Red Wine – Lower Risk of Prostate Cancer
Previously the health benefits of red wine were shown in lowering the risk of breast cancer – now the same benefits can be seen in lowering risk of prostate cancer. Researchers collected data on multiple risk factors that might influence the risk of prostate cancer in men between the ages of 40 and 64. The researchers evaluated the risk of alcohol and found that among all alcohol consumed, red wine was linked with lower risk. White wine was compared to red and red was found to be far superior in its protective benefits, even in small doses. It was found that men who drank an average of 4-7 glasses of red wine a week were 62% less likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Doctors do not know the exact reasons to red wines benefits, but it is speculated that the various flavonoids and resveratrol levels have anti-oxidant properties. Even small levels of red wine consumption helped, and for every additional glass of red wine per week, the relative risk declined by 6%.
Recommendations to most clients is to limit alcohol consumption in total as it lowers testosterone levels and increases estrogen levels, but red wine still remains the contradictory alcohol as it shows health benefits with moderate consumption. Moderate consumption is considered 4-7 glasses per week.