Red wine may assist in blocking lung cancer

A small amount of red wine may help block the spread of lung cancer cells | Photo by Katherine George A small amount of red wine may help block the spread of lung cancer cells | Photo by Katherine George

Katherine George
Life Reporter

A quick twist and pop of a cork could be the answer to fighting lung cancer.

A recent study from researchers at Brock and McMaster Universities suggests a moderate amount of red wine might be useful in blocking the spread of lung cancer cells.

The study is important because it shows a suppression of tumor growth, said Dr. Litsa Tsiani, associate professor in Brock University’s department of health sciences and one of three Brock researchers in the study.

The anti-cancer characteristics and health benefits are found in wine’s polyphenols, more specifically resveratrol, the study said.

“One of the most important compounds that are found on the skin of red grapes is resveratrol. Resveratrol has been shown to reduce cholesterol and is clearly beneficial to people who have a cardio condition,” said Ramesh Srinivasan, professor at Humber College in the school of hospitality, recreation & tourism.

“We only examined specific things and what we found within our study was we saw an inhibition of cancer cell proliferation and inhibition of survival,” said Tsiani.

However, it is too early to make any recommendations for humans, but is the first step toward further research the study said.

“There have been some files on mice and early trials that were conducted on the cells so to actually zero in and say there is a direct correlation to lung cancer is too premature and too early,” said Srinivasan.

“We need to do more studies in animals specifically using animal models of cancer and if we find an inhibition for tumor size then we will be able to make further presumptions,” said Tsiani.

The study refers to previous research that determines red wine is beneficial to cardiovascular health. This is known as the French paradox, where research compared cardiovascular disease in North America to France, said Tsiani.

“France consumes the same diet, which is high in saturated fat with almost the same genetics, however the cardio vascular problems are much less and significantly lower than the rest of Western society,” she said, adding researches believe the high levels of saturated fat in their diet is a result of red wine frequently accompanying their meals.

The most important factor is when consumers think of red wine, they consider the moderate consumption, said Srinivasan.

Women should consume one glass of wine a day and two glasses for men, he said.

“It doesn’t mean a person can take two days off and make up for it on the weekend, that doesn’t work,” he explained. “The benefit only comes when it is consumed in moderation. Anything in excess to three glasses is truly detrimental,”