Red Wine Is Good for Your Heart - and Might Protect Against Breast Cancer!

Published: October 10, 2012
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Studies show that moderate alcohol intake — one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men — decreases the risk of heart attack. On the other hand, alcohol is linked to a very small increase in the risk of breast cancer (dozens of factors seem to play a role). But a new study shows that one type of alcohol may actually decrease the risk of both heart disease and breast cancer: red wine.

Researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles found that when premenopausal women drank red wine, it acted as an aromatase inhibitor, blocking the conversion of testosterone into estrogen — and too-high levels of estrogen are a risk factor for breast cancer. "For women who consume wine, I would suggest red wine," a study author said in an interview. "For those who drink other alcohol drinks, I would suggest switching to red wine."

References

"For Women Who Imbibe, Red Wine May Be Healthier Option." J Womens Health (Larchmt). Published online December 7, 2011.

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of four research studies on their treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome From Fatigued to Fantastic! and his newer The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution.  Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health. 

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