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Something For Women To Drink To
Sunday, 15th January, 2012  - Richard Farmer

The Journal of Women's Health has just published a study suggesting that red wine might be the next big thing in breast cancer prevention. The study has found that women who drank just under two servings of red wine daily experienced hormonal changes that mimic the effects of a drug used to prevent malignant breast tumors from coming back. Consuming the same amount of white wine did not have the same effect in premenopausal women participating in the study.

The Journal itself is behind a pay-wall but a report of it in the Los Angeles Times pointed out that women intent on warding off breast cancer had been warned about alcohol consumption: as recently as November, a study found that women who consumed as few as three servings of alcohol a week increased their risk of developing the disease, which strikes one in eight American women at some point in life.

The Times story said:

White wine and other alcoholic beverages are believed to promote the conversion of androgens -- "male hormones" such as testosterone, which circulate in all women's blood -- into estrogen. And the greater a woman's lifetime exposure to estrogen -- whether her own or estrogen that comes from medication or environmental sources -- the higher her risk of developing breast cancer.

But red wine acts differently, the present study found. Instead of promoting the conversion of androgens to estrogen in a woman's body, red wine appears to block that process. In that sense, it acts more like a class of drug called aromatase inhibitors, which are prescribed to most women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer to prevent recurrences.

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