Why I Refuse to Give Up Red Wine (even with IBD)…

Wine, it's called "the nectar of the gods" for a reason!

Wine, it’s called “the nectar of the gods” for a reason!

Happy New Year! I’ve never been big into New Year’s resolutions, which is to say, I make and break and re-make resolutions throughout the whole year. But one resolution I won’t be making any time soon, even whilst struggling to get a handle on this pesky ulcerative colitis, is giving up my red wine. And here’s why: “RADIATION PROTECTION: BROCCOLI AND RED WINE MAY INCREASE SURVIVAL FROM EXPOSURE.”

We IBDers are at increased risk of colon cancer, as we are all probably highly aware by now. And of course, we’re all exposed to many other potential carcinogens on a daily basis. Or, if you’re like me, you already glow in the dark because you’ve had so many x-rays. So sure, steam your broccoli. However, if you can stomach it, pour yourself a nice robust glass of red too. According to the article, “besides broccoli extracts, red wine compounds offer protection against radiation exposure. Like DIM, resveratrol improves the effectiveness of radiation therapy for prostate and other cancers. And, taking resveratrol before and after exposure reduces chromosome damage. . .Resveratrol. . .has powerful antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic effects. It’s the antioxidant effect of red grape polyphenols that offer significant damage protection for chromosomes, which helps prevent radiation-induced cancer.” That’s all I need to read.

Happy (and Healthier) 2014 everyone!