Vivekan’s Weekly Bit: Spill the Wine for Breast Cancer

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Vivekan

This is a weekly post from Bodhisattva Yoga’s founder/co-director offering weekly bits of research findings, suggestions, and musings on all things directly & indirectly related to the broad Path of Yoga.

I was staggered when I recently read in a Science Daily article that the leading type of women’s cancer, in the US, is breast cancer; and, that there were more than 230,000 new cases last year. This amounts to about 30% of cancer diagnoses for women. The American Cancer Society estimates that 39,000 women died of the cancer in 2011.
With the majority of my dear practitioners being female, naturally this is a subject that interests me and makes me wish to do what I can to help women minimize risk – if not all together avert the disease.
Former breast cancer research findings pointed to alcohol as an all around risk for women interested in cutting breast cancer likelihood. As alcohol is understood to increase estrogen levels, which then fosters growth of cancer cells. [This may be so of simple sugars in general.]
No, I’m not encouraging you to become a teetotaler! (Unless, of course, you desire it.) Instead, I present the findings of a Cedars-Sinai study which:

…Found that chemicals in the skins and seeds of red grapes slightly lowered estrogen levels while elevating testosterone among premenopausal women who drank eight ounces of red wine nightly for about a month.

White wine, though, did not have the same effect. The investigators suggested that red wine might stem the growth of cancer cells.
So, go ahead and enjoy that red. However, like most things in life, enjoy in moderation.
Lastly, it should be noted that an active life, a healthy body weight, and an appropriate adipose tissue/muscle fiber ratio also plays a tremendous role in cutting breast cancer risks. Hint. Hint. Be sure to keep your practice consistent.

In health,
Vivekan

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