A research conducted by scientists at the Stony Brook University in New York suggested that drinking at least three glasses of red wine weekly might reduce the risk of colorectal neoplasia, commonly known as colon cancer.
The study developed by the American researchers claims that while red wine acts like a barrier against the disease, reducing the chances of getting colon cancer to 70 percents, the white wine has no beneficial effect
"I generally advise against drinking, but if you're going to drink, drink red wine," said Dr Joseph C. Anderson, the lead researcher.
1,741 people participated at the study conducted by researchers at the Stony Brook University. Participants were divided into three groups: red wine drinkers (245), white wine drinkers (115) and wine abstainers (1, 3381). Experts collected information related to the lifestyle of those involved in the study. Moreover, wine drinkers had to reveal the number of wine glasses they usually serve per week.
Figures clearly indicated that red wine drinkers are most protected against colorectal neoplasia.
Dr Joseph C. Anderson and colleagues explained that resveratrol, a compound found under the skin of red grapes, is responsible for the beneficial effect red wine has on health.
It was also said that white grapes contain resveratrol, but in very small quantities.
"The concentration is significantly higher in red wine than in white wine, because the skins are removed earlier during white-wine production, lessening the amount that is extracted," said Dr Joseph C. Anderson.
However, researchers warn that this study does not encourage the consumption of alcohol. They outlined that any alcohol excess is seriously punished as it might lead to severe health problems.
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