Here’s a good reason to have a little vino this Thanksgiving weekend. New research has concluded that a potent compound found in red wine kills lung cancer cells and even protects against tumors. Resveratrol, abundant in grapes, reduced the number of cancerous cells in mice by almost half, the study found. The compound even prevented the disease developing when given to rodents exposed to a cancer-causing chemical in cigarette smoke. However, drinking red wine will not give you any protection against cancer, the University of Geneva scientists said. This is because resveratrol only reaches the lungs when it is inhaled via the nose – and the mice were given it nasally.
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