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Wine may benefit radiation patients

September 2, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A new study in Italy suggests women with breast cancer may limit the toxic effects of radiation therapy by drinking red wine.Nutrition experts have known that wine ingredients such as polyphenols and tannins may provide protection against radiation.

Researchers at Catholic University, Campobasso, Italy studied the effects of red wine consumption in 348 women treated with radiation therapy after breast cancer surgery.

The study noted that women who drank only one glass of red wine daily were 75 percent less likely to have significant skin toxicity than non-drinkers.

The study's director said if red wine can provide protective effects in women with breast cancer, it should be evaluated in patients with other types of tumors who are getting radiation therapy.

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