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THE news that a glass of red wine a day could keep tumours at bay is yet more evidence supporting the happy theory that red wine can be good for you.

The latest study of men with lung cancer, published in the specialist medical magazine Thorax, suggested that each daily glass of red wine gives 13% more protection against cancer when compared with non-drinkers.

But rose wine made no difference and white wine even seemed to have the opposite effect, the study found.

Neither beer nor sprits seemed to have the desired effect.

Red wine has already been identified as a major factor in what is known as the French Paradox where, despite a high fat diet, the French have a lower rate of heart disease than people in the UK, presumably because they drink more red wine.

The latest research, from the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain put the beneficial effects of red wine down to the presence of tannins, which have antioxidant properties.

Resveratrol found in red wine has also been shown to stifle tumour development and growth in experimental research.

But needless to say there are limits. The experts warned against drinking too much red wine in a bid to ward off lung cancer because of the negative affects of high alcohol consumption.

Professor Andrew Peacock, of the British Thoracic Society, acknowledged the benefits of red wine, but insisted the best way to ward off lung cancer was not to smoke.

He said: ``We have known for a while that drinking a little red wine can protect against a number of conditions, ranging from the common cold to coronary heart disease.

``This new research suggests that red wine, in moderation, could also protect against lung cancer -- the most common cancer in the UK. ''

Some red wines even go a step further and claim that the altitude the grapes were grown also has a beneficial effect.

The robust and ripely fruity High Altitude Malbac/Shiraz and the plum my and black cherry Cabernet/Tempranillo (both available at Somerfield at pounds 4. 99) come from Argentina, from grapes grown in the mountainous Mendoza area at levels of around 1, 000 metres.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 6, 2004
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