Oops, Turns Out Red Wine’s Reservatrol Isn’t Good for You

We’ve long heard the superpowers of a glass or two of red wine—in fact, resveratrol, an antioxidant found in red wine, has been has been lauded for everything from its anti-aging benefits to its promises to protect against heart disease, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.

Well, I’ve got bad news and more bad news. First up, a new study found that the supposed benefits of red wine may have been overstated. In fact, the research found that long-praised antioxidant resveratrol showed no significant decrease in heart disease, cancer or death. And the more bad news? That research applies to the purported benefits of dark chocolate too. Well, there goes my dinner.

“The story of resveratrol turns out to be another case where you get a lot of hype about health benefits that doesn’t stand the test of time,” lead researcher Richard D. Semba, M.D., M.P.H., said in JAMA Internal Medicine. For the study, researchers analyzed urine samples from 783 people over the age of 65 for metabolites of resveratrol. Accounting for factors like age and gender, those with high concentration of resveratrol were no less likely to have died of any cause than those with no resveratrol found in their urine. The concentration of resveratrol was not associated with inflammatory markers, cardiovascular disease, or cancer rates.

But not all hope is lost…though they’ve ruled out resveratrol as the magic ingredient, your merlot and Godiva might still be good for you for different reasons. “It’s just that the benefits, if they are there, must come from other polyphenols or substances found in those foodstuffs,” Semba says. “These are complex foods, and all we really know from our study is that the benefits are probably not due to resveratrol.” Looks like there’s not much to do but wait until scientists figure out more…that said, I’ll be doing my waiting with a glass of red wine, just in case.

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Janice Thompson
Janice Thompson2 years ago

Give them two weeks, they will change their findings...

Janis K.
Janis K2 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Elena T.
Elena P2 years ago

Thank you :)

Steve F.
Steve F2 years ago

I used to point out that we would see all food recommendations reversed within five years. Surprise! The pace has quickened. Now it only takes a few weeks, often less.

I am not going to wait for tomorrow's food reversal. Whatever looks tasty, down the hatch!

Joy S.
Joy s2 years ago

moderation is the key...in wine.....in food....in exercise. Just don't overdo in anything and grow old gracefully!

JL A3 years ago

good to know

Carole R.
Carole R3 years ago

Bad for you, good for you, bad for you, good for you. All these studies drive me crazy. Eat what you enjoy, just don't eat too much of anything.

Elena T.
Elena P3 years ago

Thank you :)

Camilla Vaga
Camilla V3 years ago


Lena Luker
Elena Luker3 years ago

Even if it is true that red wine doesn't decrease the risk of heart attack doesn't mean that it does nothing good for you. Also if the individuals were eating poorly or had a history of bad diet practices than it seems unreasonable that red wine would be able to reverse damage done.