Red wine can block lung cancer cell growth: Study
Both red and white wine can inhibit the growth of lung cancer cells, but a merlot does a better job than chardonnay, a new Canadian study has found.
Wine contains the organic chemical polyphenols — and in particular, resveratrol — which have been shown to have anti-cancer benefits.
In experiments, researchers from Brock University and McMaster University in Ontario found red wine stopped cancer cell growth in doses as low as 2% concentration. Growth was halted at 5% concentration when white wine was used.
"This study provides the first step, the basis, for further research to explore anti-tumor and anti-carcinogenic potential of wine," researcher Litsa Tsiani said in a press release.
The study is published in the journal Cancer Cell International.