Whisky May Cut Cancer Risk

Whisky can reduce cancer risk, Dr. Jim Swan reported to the EuroMedLab conference in Glasgow, Scotland. That’s because whiskey contains high levels of a powerful antioxidant that kills cancer cells.

Dr. Swan explained that single malt whiskies have more ellagic acid than red wine. Ellagic acid is a highly effective “free radical scavenger” that destroys rogue cells that occur in the body. Destroying free radicals is important because they can break down the DNA structure of healthy cells, which leads them to produce cancerous cells.

In the words of Dr. Swan, “whisky can protect you from cancer.”

Epidemiological research to obtain confirmatory evidence is now needed on large populations.


  • Whisky claimed to cut cancer risk. Daily Mail (UK), Health News section, May 8, 2005.

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