A Glass of Red Wine Might Be Okay

There has long been research to show that alcohol increases the risk of breast cancer because it increases the estrogen levels in one’s bloodstream. We thought that women were probably okay if they limited themselves to one alcoholic drink a day.

Risks of Alcohol

But then, about 6 months ago, research came out that showed that even one alcoholic beverage a day would increase a woman's risk of breast cancer.

Now, yet another research study--this time published in the December 7 online edition of the Journal of Women’s Health--again tells us something new, this time about red wines specifically. This newest study, by faculty at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, found that one glass of red wine a day might actually be OK for women. Well, better than OK--red wine might even be protective.

A Single Glass of Red Wine Might be Protective

Why? This research team, working with a group of premenopausal women who were asked to drink 8 oz. of red wine nightly for a month, found that the seeds of red grapes were performing a nifty trick: the grape seeds actually lowered the women's estrogen levels while at the same time elevating levels of testosterone.

So, if you're planning to have wine with dinner tonight, make it a red--a single glass, that is.

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