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Ladies, Drink Your Red Wine, It Could Prevent Breast Cancer

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Go ahead, have that glass of Pinot Noir with dinner, ladies--it could help you prevent breast cancer. New research released today from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A. and published in the Journal of Women's Health indicates that moderate consumption of red wine may reduce one of the risk factors for breast cancer, reports City News Service.

Past medical opinion and a widely-held belief has long been that any alcohol consumption raises the risk to women for breast cancer.

Science Newsline explains:

But the Cedars-Sinai study found that chemicals in the skins and seeds of red grapes slightly lowered estrogen levels while elevating testosterone among premenopausal women who drank eight ounces of red wine nightly for about a month.
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The Cedars-Sinai team's results were drawn from a test in which women "drank eight ounces of either Cabernet Sauvignon, a red wine, or Chardonnay, a white wine, nightly for one month." Blood tests were run, then the women switched varieties, and the new blood tests showed "that white wine did not have the same effect as the red."

So really, it's not that you should drink a lot (the amount is moderate) or that white wine is bad, but that the risk appears to be lowered when consuming red. Ladies, lets raise our glasses of Cabernet Sauvignon or Zinfandel to that news!