If given the choice between red and white wines this holiday season, go for red, scientists say. A chemical found in red wine may help prevent cancer and other health problems.
A number of studies over the years have linked this chemical, resveratrol, to health benefits. But perhaps the strongest evidence yet will be presented this week at the conference "Resveratrol 2012," held at the University of Leicester through December 7.
"This is the second conference that brings together all the world experts in resveratrol," Karen Brown, a member of the University's Cancer Biomarkers and Prevention Group, and one of the organizers, was quoted as saying in a press release. We have got a fantastic line up covering cancer, heart disease, diabetes, neurological diseases and life extension."
"Having shown in our lab experiments that (resveratrol) can reduce tumor development, we are now concentrating on identifying the mechanisms of how resveratrol works in human cells," Brown added.
The lab experiments, which she refers to, determined that a daily amount of resveratrol equivalent to two glasses of wine can halve the rate of bowel tumors.