A toast to red wine’s protective prostate benefits

Research shows drinking alcohol can contribute to at least 13 types of cancer. But there may be something different about red wine…

Not only does drinking red wine (in moderation, of course) not increase your cancer risk, it may lower it. In fact, a new research review found that red wine can cut your risk of the most common cancer in the Western world—prostate cancer.

Why does red wine stand apart from other alcoholic beverages when it comes to cancer risk?

One word: antioxidants.

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Wine, antioxidants and prostate cancer

A recent review of scientific research on wine intake and prostate cancer risk performed by the Medical University of Vienna found that drinking red wine in moderation can lower your prostate cancer risk.

In the review, researchers looked at 17 high-quality studies, which included about 611,000 people.

These studies showed that drinking red wine in moderation lowered prostate cancer risk by 12 percent. White wine, on the other hand, increased prostate cancer risk by 26 percent… even when drunk moderately (in this study, moderation meant one glass per day).

Why is red wine any different than white wine or other types of alcohol when it comes to cancer risk?

Researchers believe it all comes down to antioxidants. Red wine contains a lot of antioxidants called polyphenols. And polyphenols have been shown in other studies to protect against oxidative stress, chronic diseases and cancer.

White wine (and other types of alcohol) contain polyphenols too, but red wine contains roughly 10 times more.

So, a glass of wine with dinner may be a good rather than a bad idea if you’re trying to keep your cancer risk down… but only if it’s red, and only if you can stop after one.

Should you drink alcohol?

You may be feeling overwhelmed by the mixed messages you’re getting about the health effects of alcohol. One day it’s bad for you. The next day it’s good for you. But here’s the thing…

Too much alcohol is always bad for you. That hasn’t changed. If you have a hard time limiting yourself to one drink, you’re probably better off giving it up altogether. And if that’s the route you decide to go, that’s okay.

There are other proven ways to lower your prostate cancer risk, like:

  • Cutting back on meat
  • Limiting your sugar intake
  • Eating more fruits and vegetables
  • Quitting smoking
  • Exercising daily

Plus, there are other healthy sources of cancer-fighting polyphenols besides red wine, like:

  • Cloves
  • Dark chocolate
  • Berries
  • Plums
  • Apples
  • Sweet cherries
  • Black beans
  • Hazelnuts
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Pecans
  • Artichokes
  • Red onions
  • Spinach
  • Soy
  • Black tea
  • Green tea

So, enjoy a glass of red wine daily…or not. It’s up to you. As long as you fill your body with healthy antioxidants, you’ll have a lower prostate cancer risk… whether you choose to imbibe or not.

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  1. Moderate red wine consumption has a slightly protective effect against prostate cancer — MedicalXpress. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  2. Vartolomei, et al. “The impact of moderate wine consumption on the risk of developing prostate cancer.” — Clinical Epidemiology, 2018.
  3. Prostate cancer prevention: Ways to reduce your risk — Mayo Clinic. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  4. Top Foods with Polyphenols — Healthline. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
Jenny Smiechowski

By Jenny Smiechowski

Jenny Smiechowski is a Chicago-based freelance writer who specializes in health, nutrition and the environment. Her work has appeared in online and print publications like Chicagoland Gardening magazine, Organic Lifestyle Magazine, BetterLife Magazine, TheFix.com, Hybridcars.com and Seedstock.com.