Red Wine, Chocolate For Health Benefits? New Study Says No

Now, we’re pretty sure you’ve probably heard
this one before… “Red wine, along with other alcohol, can provide
health benefits by increasing your HDL, or good cholesterol, and lowering your LDL, or
bad cholesterol.” (Via YouTube / Marshfield Clinic Well, unfortunately for Merlot fans, that
long accepted theory might not be true after all. (Via Wikimedia Commons / Agne27) ​”Researchers at Johns Hopkins University
failing to find any evidence that resveratrol, the ingredient that’s found in the skin of
grapes, of red grapes, and chocolate is linked to long life.” (Via Fox News) Yes, you — sadly — heard right. A new
study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine Monday says the antioxidant in red
wine and dark chocolate is not associated with longevity or a decrease in heart disease
or cancer risks. Doctors have been debating the potential health
benefits of red wine and chocolate ever since researchers identified the “French Paradox,”
or the observation that the French generally have low levels of heart disease despite maintaining
diets high in cholesterol and saturated fat. (Via Wikimedia Commons / Andre Karwath / Davide
Restivo) But this new study’s author told National
Journal his team found that theory just doesn’t add up. “I think there are other factors involved.
Other antioxidants other than resveratrol could contribute, … or smaller portions
and more exercise. The ‘French Paradox’ is still kind of a hypothesis. It doesn’t seem
to make sense.” To come to this conclusion, researchers studied
the effects of resveratrol on 783 men and women in two small towns in Italy aged 65
and older over the course of nine years. (Via Bloomberg) The team analyzed urine samples and medical
evaluations taken from each participant during that time and found, regardless of their resveratol
levels, 34 percent of the group died, 27 percent developed heart disease and five percent developed
cancer. (Via Wikimedia Commons / Lourdes Cardenal) Now, previous studies on reservatrol have
shown high doses of the antioxidant significantly delays the effects of aging in mice. But as CNN points out, you’d need to drink
hundreds of glasses of red wine a day for it to have a substantial effect. Talk about
a healthy buzz. The study’s authors say more research into
these results is needed. But in the meantime, they are encouraging people who take reservatrol
supplements to stop using them.


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