Tiny Tip Tuesday: Drink Your Red Wine???

Photo by Fredrik Rubensson

Photo by Fredrik Rubensson

New information recently released from Italy calls the current suggestion of drinking red wine for heart health into question.  Previously, resveratrol,  an antioxidant found in red wine, chocolate, and grapes,  was thought to provide some protection against heart disease, cancer and to lower cholesterol.  However, a study conducted in Italy that followed 783 Tuscan men and women for over ten years found no relationship between the level of resveratrol in urine and death rates from heart disease or cancer.  In fact, those subjects with the lowest rate of reserveratol had the least chance of dying from heart disease.   Cancer rates did not differ significantly across urinary levels of resveratrol.  In fact, most of the previous positive data about resveratrol has come from in vitro or animal studies and some of that data was later found to be falsified. So does this mean we should stop enjoying our red wine?  If your are drinking wine solely for the reported health benefits, then you may have to rethink your consumption.  However, if you drink wine because you enjoy the taste and the health benefits were just a bonus, then continue enjoying it in moderation.  I, for one, plan to continue indulging in a little wine in combination with a healthy whole foods diet and regular exercise not because of the potential health benefits but because I enjoy the taste.     Until more high-quality research is available on the benefits of resveratrol,   experts say they can’t recommend resveratrol supplements for anti-aging or disease prevention.

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One Response to Tiny Tip Tuesday: Drink Your Red Wine???

  1. I too enjoy a nice glass of red wine occasionally and especially when socializing with friends. I have grown leary of often misleading “expert research findings” that tout the health benefits of all kinds of supplements, foods and beverages so I am not very surprised by this revelation. I will continue to drink red wine occasionally in moderation but I had a feeling those findings were too good to be true. Thank you for sharing these important findings with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop! Knowledge is power.

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