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Study casts doubt on potential health benefits of red wine compound

New research finds resveratrol might not be as good for you as previous studies suggest

Resveratrol is found in things like red wine, chocolate, and some vegetables
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For a few years now, there's been a lot of hype about the chemical compound resveratrol, which can be found in red wine, dark chocolate, berries and certain vegetables.   

Some experts said resveratrol contained potent anti-oxidants which reduce inflammation and therefore could lower the risk of several diseases, including cancer and heart disease.

At Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Professor Richard Semba and his team decided to take a closer look.  

They tracked the health of about 800 people living in the Tuscany region of Italy for nearly 9 years.

These were people who were at least 65 years old when the study began.

What they found was resveratrol did nothing.  

It did nothing to substantially influence inflammation, cardiovascular disease, cancer or longevity.

Professor Semba's conclusion, is that "the story of resveratrol turns out to be another case where you get a lot of hype about health benefits that doesn't stand the test of time."

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  1. Peter posted on 05/13/2014 09:35 AM
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    I wouldn't call it hype, as this is a topic of wide interest for many years
    that has obtained positive support and thus a good level of credibility over
    and over by other experts.

    In this single case of negative support, by a single group, a red flag is raised.

    A single group can have a non-scientific and biased reason to discredit
    the positive claims.

    I want to hear what Sanjay Gupta and Dr. Oz has to say about the study.

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  2. 63r01d posted on 05/13/2014 11:53 AM
    I have an italian background. Knowing what italians eat, im not surprised. Everything is loaded with carbs and sugar, of course it wouldnt do anything. The mediterranean diet isnt the italian diet. Some red wine is healthy, as long as it isnt a bottle a day!
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