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Health benefits of red wine 'overhyped'

13th May 2014

Resveratrol is an ingredient found in red wine, dark chocolate and berries. Previously, studies have suggested that it could be responsible for reducing chances of heart disease.

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Professor Richard Semba, along with colleagues from the John Hopkins University School of Medicine, studied the health of 783 villagers from two small towns near Tuscany, Italy to see if their local wine had any measurable impact on their health.



The results of the study highlighted the link between resveratrol and health to be inconclusive - requiring further research.


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The volunteers that were part of the experiment gave details of their daily diets as well as urine samples for measurement of their resveratrol intake.



During the nine years of the study, 268 of the men and women died, 174 developed heart disease and 34 were diagnosed with cancer.



It was found that there was no clear link with levels of resveratrol and inflammation in the blood.



Professor Semba said: "The thinking was that certain foods are good for you because they contain resveratrol. We didn’t find that at all."



He also highlighted that if there were any "benefits of drinking wine" it must come from "other shared ingredients".

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Anonymous

Friday 23rd May 2014 @ 22:13

HAS ANYBODY REALLY CONDUCTED ANY RESEARCH ON "benefits of drinking wine" and or is it just a propaganda created and spread by its producers and adapted by some who wanted a little intoxication to escape from realities.


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