Red wineA new research has found that a red wine ingredient and aspirin could deliver a double knock-out blow to the abnormal cells that can lead to cancer. Both help destroy the “tetraploid” cells that contain multiple copies of chromosomes, reported. Chromosomes carry DNA, which is the organism’s genetic code. Tetraploid cells cause genetic instability and have been linked to the development of cancer. In tests, laboratory mice genetically engineered to have bowel cancer accumulated fewer of the rogue cells in their gut when fed the wine compound and painkiller. (Read: 

Exposure to the two agents also reduced the survival of tetraploid cells in human bowel cancer tumour cultures. The wine extract, resveratrol, is derived from red grapes and said to have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. Aspirin, though primarily a painkiller, has been shown to protect against some cancers, especially those affecting the intestines and stomach. The research is led by Dr Guido Kroemer, of the Gustave Roussy Institute in Villejuif, France. The findings are published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 

Health benefits of red wine

1. Can help prevent cholesterol build up

 Research has shown that antioxidants in wine known as polyphenols can help prevent cholesterol build up and thus prevent heart disease. In today’s times, when more and more young people are falling prey to heart disease – consuming foods rich in antioxidants and avoiding junk food is a good idea. Besides wine, green tea and vegetables like spinach are also good sources of antioxidants. (Read: 8 natural cholesterol busters)

2. May help you live longer and healthier

Death is a certainty in life. Yet, people want to slow down the ageing process as much as possible. Researchers have found that a compound contained in red wine called resveratrol helps you live longer! The study administered resveratrol to bees. After administration, the bees showed a decrease in food intake and showed a tendency to live longer. (Read: Interesting facts about ageing)

3. Can prevent hearing loss

Not only does reseveratrol present in wine help increase longevity, it also helps prevent hearing loss. In a study conducted by the Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, healthy rats administered resveratrol were less likely to suffer noise-induced hearing loss for a long period of time. (Read more: 7 ways red wine is great for your health)

With inputs from ANI

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