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Glass of red wine a day 'may halt bowel cancer'

One large glass of wine a day could contain enough of a tumour-fighting compound to prevent bowel cancer, research suggests.

One glass of wine a day could halt bowel cancer, researchers have said Credit: PA Wire

The plant chemical, resveratrol, is found in the skins of grapes and concentrated in red wine.

Scientists have long known that resveratrol has anti-cancer properties, as well as effects that might benefit diabetes and heart disease patients.

But a question mark remains over what dose of the compound it is best to take.

The new research suggests that for fighting bowel cancer it is very small - around five milligrams per day.

That is about the amount of resveratrol typically found in one large glass of red wine, or two small glasses.