Single malt whisky can beat the threat of cancer,
thanks to high levels of a powerful antioxidant that
kills cancer cells, a medical conference in Scotland
Jim Swan, an independent consultant
to the global drinks industry, said that, according
to research, single malt whisky contains "more ellagic
acid than red wine".
Swan, a doctor, told the EuroMedLab 2005 conference
explained that ellagic acid is an effective "free
radical scavenger" that "absorbs" or "eats up" rogue
cells that occur in the body during eating.
"The free radicals can break down the DNA structure
of our existing cells, which then leads to the risk
of the body making replacement rogue cancer cells,"
"So, whether you indulge in the odd tipple, or
you are a serious connoisseur, whisky can protect
you from cancer -- and science proves it."
Lesley Walker of Cancer Research UK was dubious.
"There is considerable data documenting the link
between drinking excess alcohol and the increased
risk of a number of cancers, particularly in smokers,"
"Ellagic acid is a powerful antioxidant, but that
does not mean it is necessary to hit the bottle,"
she said, noting that the ellagic acid can also be
found in soft fruits.
The EuroMedLab 2005 conference in Glasgow, hosted
by the Association of Clinical Biochemists, runs until
Thursday, with more than 3,000 researchers, doctors
and science and technology companies expected to attend.