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Health Benefits Of Red Wine: Study Says It’s Not Resveratrol

Red-wine-glassesFirst, the good news: researchers have yet to disprove the health benefits of red wine. And now the news: scientists at Johns Hopkins Medical School say the ingredient in red wine (and chocolate) that is responsible for long-observed health benefits is not resveratrol, as has been believed. HealthDay reports that the researchers followed nearly 800 men and women 65 years or older the Chianti Region of Italy from 1998 to 2009. All of the people in the study had a diet rich in resveratrol, but when the researchers looked at the resveratrol levels of individuals, they found no significant differences in the rate of death from those with the lowest levels to the highest. They also found no association with higher levels of resveratrol and a lower risk of heart disease or cancer. In fact, the lowest rates of heart disease were in people with the lowest levels of resveratrol. The bottom line: resveratrol did not translate into fewer deaths, cancers or heart problems. But it still could be the wine.


  1. Patricia Ames

    I needed a chuckle. CHEERS!!

  2. Among other serious flaws, a huge fallacy in this study is the claim that the subjects consumed a diet “rich in Resveratrol”.  It is well known that red wine is not a good source of this compound.  The more concentrated varieties, not the ones consumed in this study, have less than 5mg per bottle of Resveratrol.  The average Resveratrol supplement contains 20 times this amount. Transmax, the supplement used in most of the human trials that show very positive health effects, contains 100 times the amount in a bottle of red wine. The researchers are not being honest or ethical in their conclusions, probably because the study was funded by a major pharmaceutical company whose products are threatened by a safe and effective natural alternative that they are unable to monopolize via a patent.,1

  3. If it is not resveratrol, then what can be? Red wine is enriched with this component that makes your skin long younger and also good for the heart. As per the experts, a glass of red wine before bed has numerous benefits.

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