Consistent excessive alcohol consumption is known lead to a number of serious health issues, however according to a 2011 epidemiological study of eight Western European countries even consistent moderate consumption of alcohol may lead to an increased risk of developing cancer. Researchers believe that the increased risk may be due to a little-known process in which your body converts alcohol into acetaldehyde, an officially classified carcinogen. Acetaldehyde boosts cancer risk by inflicting oxidative stress that damages DNA, prevents DNA repair, and triggers a pro-inflammatory cascade.
The following vitamins, minerals and plant-based compounds have properties that can help to mitigate the damage done by alcohol consumption:
- Antioxidant Vitamins
- Glutathione and N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC)
- Folic acid and S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe)
- Grape Seed Extracts
- Silymarin (from Milk Thistle)
- Barley Grass