A study at the State University of New York at Stony Brook found that adults consuming at least three glasses of red wine per week reduced their chances of developing abnormal growths or tumors in the intestines by two-thirds.
The researchers believe this may be linked to resveratrol, a compound that is found in higher amounts in red wine than white wine because the skins remain on the grape for much of the red wine making process.
The study was conducted by Dr. Joseph C. Anderson and included 1,741 people. The study found a 9.9 percent incidence of colorectal neoplasia, cancers and polyps that can become cancerous among those that abstained from alcohol and an 8.8 percent rate among those who drank three glasses or more of white wine a week. Those who consumed at least three glasses of red wine a week had a 3.4 percent incidence rate, a 68 percent reduction.
Dr. Anderson said he does not advise patients to drink.