Is it true, a glass of red wine a day, may keep the doctor away? Perhaps there is something to the benefits of red wine. It’s also known for having great antioxidants, and to help prevent heart disease. Did you also know it helps prevent cancer? I’ll drink to that!
Benefits of Red Wine
Here are some interesting tidbits; the many antioxidants in red wine can help prevent the oxidative damage responsible for the process of aging and for many degenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Guercetin, one of the many antioxidants in red wine, may help prevent lung cancer. Research has shown that Resveratrol, the same red wine antioxidant that helps protect your heart, can also kill cancerous cells.
Benefits of Red Wine and Cancer
Having a brother with stage 4 lung cancer, I decided to research this. Scientists have found that Resveratrol, when used in conjunction with radiation therapy, can penetrate cancerous cells and induce apoptosis. Apoptosis is a type of cell death that occurs when the cell dies, dissolves and is removed by the white cells of your immune system. Cancer researchers have been looking for a way to induce apoptosis in cancerous cells, because it’s the safest way to remove unwanted cells from the body. Resveratrol also inhibits cancerous cells’ ability to remove irradiated particles, making radiation therapy more effective against cancer. Resveratrol also attacks cancerous cells and inhibits their ability to function. Studies are still being conducted on the association between red wine consumption and cancer prevention. So far I like what I am seeing.
Fit Tip: Go ahead and enjoy that occasional glass of Vino, in moderation of course.
Fit Tip followers know that in order to stay healthy and fit and prevent heart disease, cancer, diabetes, etc… you need to follow a balanced nutritional plan and exercise at least 30 minutes daily. However, knowing that the occasional indulgence is helping the cause… well… Cheers to you!
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Darese, ISSA CFT, Certified Boot Camp Instructor
Resources: National Cancer Institute, and Fit Day