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Alcohol Causes Cancer; Red Wine Prevents It: Researches-Proven Health Benefits of Grape Products

New York: Research’s shows that a compound known as resveratrol in red wine and grape skin may prevent head and neck cancer. Alcohol damages our genes. The body has ways to repair this cell damage but with enough alcohol, some cells become dangerous.
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Researchers found that Resveratrol challenges these cells – the ones with unrepaired DNA damage are killed so they cannot go on to cause cancer. Alcohol damages cells and resveratrol kills damaged cells. The body metabolises alcohol by converting it first to acetyl aldehyde and then the body uses aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) to further convert it to acetic acid which is excreted. The partially processed state of alcohol, acetyl aldehyde, is a carcinogen and produces cross links in DNA. With enough alcohol, the body can get behind and end up with a backlog of acetyl aldehyde. Increased exposure to alcohol, loss of the ALDH gene that helps the body process alcohol, and loss of the ability to repair DNA cross links all result in increased cancer risk. In red wine, resveratrol blocks the cancer causing effect of alcohol. Resveratrol takes out the cells with the most damage the cells that have the highest probability of being able to cause cancer. Resveratrol, however, is not a magic bullet that can completely undo the cancer-causing effects of alcohol. But by killing the most dangerous cells, it may decrease the probability that alcohol use will cause cancer.

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