Red Wine Kills Cancer Cells, Scientists Say

Canadian scientists have found that lung cancer cell growth is inhibited when exposed to red wine

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Drinking a glass of red wine could protect you from certain types of cancer.

As if you needed another excuse to drink wine. Scientists at Brock University and McMaster Univeristy in Ontario are now saying that the growth of lung cancer cells is inhibited when exposed to several types of wine, and especially red wine. Although it’s early in the experiment stages, this could lead to a breakthrough in cancer research.

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“The juice and skin of the grape together produce polyphenols [which are]chemicals [that] studies have shown to have anti-cancer cell properties,” Dr. Evangelia Litsa Tsiani, associate professor and research team member at Brock Univeristy, explained to The Daily Meal.

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But don’t start drinking a couple more glasses of Pinot noir every week just yet. Dr. Tsiani said that the research is nowhere near completion and the whole process could take a couple of years. Right now they are just working with stem cells, and then they would need to study animals before studying humans before we really know if wine is a cancer killer.