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Wine May Protect the GI Tract

Published: April 9, 2009

No one is suggesting that drinking excessive amounts of alcohol is good for one’s health. But a new study suggests that a daily glass of red or white wine may cut in half the risk of Barrett’s esophagus, a condition that increases the chance of developing a type of esophageal cancer. The recent study was conducted by Kaiser Permanente Division of Research and published in the Gastroenterology journal. Antioxidants abundant in wine are presumed to account for the findings, due to their neutralizing effect on esophageal tissue damaged by chronic acid reflux. Consuming antioxidants in fruits and vegetables or supplements may provide the same benefit.

Barrett’s esophagus affects approximately 5 percent of American adults. Left untreated, the condition may progress to esophageal adenocarcinoma, the incidence of which has soared by 500 percent over the past 30 years.

To read more about this study, visit physorg.com.

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  • Margaret

    Very interesting Wendy. Brian has Barrett’s esophagus and has had it for years. He does not like wine but maybe I can find a red wine he will drink to help combat this disease.