Wine for cancer patients

 

A nice bottle of red wine may be an appropriate gift for a friend diagnosed with cancer.

A nice bottle of red wine may be an appropriate gift for a friend diagnosed with cancer.

When someone you know is diagnosed with cancer, your first instinct might be to commiserate and offer to drive them to radiation and chemotherapy. You might also want to buy her a case of really nice red wine to help her recuperate.

Wine Spectator reports on an Italian study that found women undergoing  radiation therapy for breast cancer fared better if they drank moderate amounts of red wine than women who didn’t drink wine. And moderate consumption was the key: Researchers found that women who drank just one glass of red wine per day had less skin toxicity damage from radiation than women who drank no wine, less wine, or even more wine.

Red wine boosts omega-3s

 

Moderate consumption of red wine may boost hearty-healthy omega-3 fatty acids in your blood.

Moderate consumption of red wine may boost hearty-healthy omega-3 fatty acids in your blood.

File this under good news: Wine Spectator reports that drinking red wine may boost blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are linked to lower rates of heart disease and may help ward off depression (wow, so you really can drink your troubles away–just kidding!). You need to consume foods rich in omega-3 fats, since your body can’t produce them. Oily fish like salmon and mackerel are good sources, as are nuts and nut oils, flax seed, and canola oil.

European researchers have found moderate red wine consumption–one (4-ounce) glass per day for women, two for men–helps boost blood levels of omega-3s. They say wine helps the body synthesize omega-3s from plant and animal sources. 

Of course, the key is moderate consumption. Heavy drinkers in the study had lower blood levels of omega-3s.

You can celebrate the news tonight by grilling wild Alaskan salmon (it’s available frozen this time of year) and glass of pinot noir. If you want to find a good, super-affordable red table wine, check out Jason’s Wine Blog, which rates the cheap sips available at Trader Joe’s.