January 7, 2012- A recent study says that red wine may be beneficial in preventing breast cancer. The study says women who drink just less than two servings daily of red wine experienced changes in hormones that mimic effects a treatment has that is used to prevent breast tumors that are malignant from returning.
The study was published in Women’s Health on Friday and found that the consumption of the same quantity of white wine did not result in the same effects in women who were premenopausal that participated in the study.
Women wanting to ward of developing breast cancer have been warned as recently as last November to avoid alcohol as a study found as little as three servings per week of alcohol increased the chances of developing the cancer.
White wine as well as other alcoholic drinks is thought to convert androgens into estrogen. Androgens are male hormones that circulate in the blood of all women. The more a woman is exposed to estrogen the higher the risk of her developing cancer.
However, red wine does not act the same as white wine or other alcoholic beverages. The new study says red wine appears to block the process of converting androgens into estrogen in the woman’s blood. In that form, it is more like a type of drug known as aromatase inhibitors. These drugs are usually described for most breast cancer patients to prevent a recurrence of the disease.