Now that it's October, it seems that everything has gone pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month! But, when it comes to reducing your risk of breast cancer, there may be an even better color: red. Researchers recently found that red wine may help stop breast cancer cells from growing.
The resveratrol in red wine, which also helps prevent damage to blood vessels, reduce bad cholesterol and prevent blood clots from forming, is what researchers believe is to credit for the breast-cancer benefit. Published in the The FASEB Journal, researchers found that resveratrol specifically stops breast cancer cells from growing by blocking the growth effects of estrogen.
In the breast-cancer study, researchers used several breast cancer cell lines expressing the estrogen receptor to test the effects of resveratrol. Researchers then treated the different breast cancer cells with resveratrol and compared their growth with cells left that were untreated without resveratrol. In cells treated by resveratrol, there was a reduction in cell growth, while there were no changes seen in the untreated cells. More research revealed that this effect was related to a drastic reduction of estrogen receptor levels caused by resveratrol itself, according to ScienceDaily.
Although researchers say this isn't reason for women to go out and start drinking lots of red wine or buying resveratrol supplements, it is yet another reason that red wine and resveratrol deserves more study. It also shows the power of our diets when it comes to breast cancer.
Do you drink red wine? Remember, most health professionals recommend women drink just one glass a day for health benefits!
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.