Wine Chemicals Show Cancer-Fighting Potential | Articles | Wine Spectator


Two studies find polyphenols kill cancer cells in the lab; impact in the body remains unproven

Jacob Gaffney
Posted: Friday, April 24, 2009

While scientists continue to explore the relationship between alcohol and breast cancer, and what role consumption patterns may play, two recent scientific studies offer a brighter picture for red wine drinkers, though the authors are cautious about making specific recommendations on safe wine consumption. Both find that polyphenolic chemicals in wine appear to fight cancer cells in the lab. But questions remain on what impact they might have in the body.

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