DRINKING a large glass of red wine every day could help prevent bowel cancer.
Researchers say that Resveratrol, found in the skins of red grapes and which gives the wine its colour, has long been known to have cancer-fighting properties, but scientists did not know how much was needed to be effective.
Now they say less appears to be more.
Tests on mice have shown that a dose equivalent to five milligrams in humans halved the growth of bowel tumours. This amount was far more effective than a one gram dose. Within two years the research team hopes to conduct a human trial on patients at high risk of bowel cancer to test its benefits.
Meanwhile Cancer Research UK has warned that people should not drink wine in an attempt to reap any benefits that Resveratrol can offer, saying that alcohol has been estimated to cause around 12,500 cases of cancer a year in the UK.