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Study: Red Wine Antioxidants Don’t Lengthen Lives

From the wet blankets at Bloomberg:

Red Wine Antioxidant Fails to Lengthen Lives in Study

By Angela Zimm | May 13, 2014

Resveratrol, an ingredient in red wine thought to have health benefits, failed to promote longevity among Italians who ate a diet rich in the antioxidant, researchers said.

A study of 783 men and women ages 65 and older found they didn’t live longer and were just as likely to develop heart disease and cancer as those who consumed less resveratrol. The research, led by Richard Semba, an ophthalmologist from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, followed the participants from two villages in Tuscany for nine years.

How come we never get asked to participate in studies like this?

Previous laboratory studies have suggested that resveratrol, also found in grapes, peanuts and chocolate, might have unique benefits that could help slow aging or keep cells healthy. Still, a lack of evidence that it helps humans has prevented recommendations for the antioxidant’s use in keeping disease at bay. In 2010, GlaxoSmithKline Plc dropped development of a drug designed to mimic resveratrol because it failed to help cancer patients.

Those evil BIG PHARMA companies are probably just sitting on the truth.

“This study suggests that dietary resveratrol from Western diets in community-dwelling older adults does not have a substantial influence on inflammation, cardiovascular disease, cancer, or longevity,” the researchers wrote in the paper published yesterday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

In the study, researchers used urine metabolite levels to measure resveratrol consumption in the group of Italians. Semba said the findings suggest something else may be at work besides resveratrol, as previous studies have shown a link between wine and chocolate and lower inflammation, which can hurt the heart.

Maybe it’s just living in Tuscany?

“The thinking was that certain foods are good for you because they contain resveratrol,” Semba said in a statement. “We didn’t find that at all.”

Rats! Still, we will proceed on the assumption that they just didn’t have enough faith in red wine and chocolate.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Study: Red Wine Antioxidants Don’t Lengthen Lives”

  1. captstubby

    i have for many years been conducting a study similar to this .

  2. canary

    Hypocritical beer brewing and festing Obama and his fine wine guzzling Michello passing laws on soda pop and food people can consume.

    Ya know darn well Obama sneaks cigaretts at the very least of his favorite perks in life.


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