Researchers from Brock University and McMaster University in Ontario, Canada will soon publish results from in-vitro studies that indicate red wine possesses anti-cancer properties, according to an article in Wine Spectator.
The researchers tested both red and white wines’ impact on small-cell lung cancer cells, exposing the cells to Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Riesling. Both red and white wine halted the spread of the cancer cells, but red wine was more aggressive at lower concentrations.
Scientists attribute the anti-cancer properties to the high levels of polyphenol resveratrol in red wine. The next step for the researchers will be to “use doses of wine that correspond to moderate wine consumption in humans, one to two glasses per day, and examine the effect on tumor growth in mice,” according to one researcher. If that test shows a significant reduction in tumor growth, they’ll move on to clinical trials with cancer patients.