“Epidemiologic studies link prolonged and excessive intake of alcohol as a significant risk factor in the development of some types of cancer. Studies on cancer patients report alcohol consumption is associated with increased rates of recurrence or poorer survival. Alcoholic can imbalance blood sugar and insulin levels. If you wish to drink alcoholic beverages, limit your intake to organic red wines, one or two servings per week (3.5 ounces each) with a meal (not on an empty stomach). Pomegranate juice, which has potent anti-cancer benefits, makes a nice substitute for red wine; bring it to room temperature and serve it in a wine goblet. If it is overly sweet, dilute with water.”
-Jeanne M. Wallace, PhD, CNC
Many studies demonstrate the harmful, health-less effects from alcohol on anyone consuming the beverage, especially cancer patients.
- Epidemiological and clinical studies have pointed out that regular and moderate wine consumption (one to two glasses a day) is associated with decreased incidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD), hypertension, diabetes, and certain types of cancer, including colon, basal cell, ovarian, and prostate carcinoma.1
- Women at elevated risk for breast cancer should avoid alcohol or consume alcohol occasionally only. Alcohol increases estrogen levels, and estrogens may exert its carcinogenic effect on breast tissue either via the ER or directly. Other mechanisms may include acetaldehyde, oxidative stress, epigenetic changes due to a disturbed methyl transfer and decreased retinoic acid concentrations associated with an altered cell cycle.2
- A meta-analysis by the International Agency of Cancer Research provides strong evidence for an association between alcohol drinking of greater than 1 drink per day and colorectal cancer risk.3
- Non-small cell lung cancer patient survival was worse for those with alcohol abuse.4
- Adolescents with family history may reduce their risk by avoiding alcohol.5
According to Jeanne Wallace, PhD, CNC, the adverse of alcohol intake are magnified in people who:
- Have a moderate to high alcohol intake or many years of consumption
- Are insulin resistant
- Eat high-fat and/or low-fiber diet, or
- are deficient in folate
Dr. Wallace also explains, “Folate is very commonly deficient, since this B vitamin is found predominantly in leafy green vegetables, a food group ignored by many. Folate is one of the most protective anti-cancer vitamins, likely via it’s essential role in healthy gene expression.”
Remember, and live your life, with no alcohol, or if you must drink alcohol, consume only small amounts of organic red wine at one or two 3.5 ounce servings per week with or after a meal.
Anyone dealing with alcoholism really needs to address the problem to feel better and live longer.