You know the saying, if it’s too good to be true? Well it turns out turning up a glass of red wine and eating chocolate may not be beneficial for your health. Thanks a lot Johns Hopkins. Why not let us live in our utopian world? If you haven’t been living under a rock, you know that health proponents have been pushing the benefits of Resveratrol, found in red wine. Lowering your risk of heart disease and prolonging life were the promises.

Like everything pushed in the health supplement world, it turns out the claims may have been exaggerated. Being a wino and chocoholic are in fact not the keys to the fountain of youth. Go figure alcohol and chocolate are not the answer to immortality.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins conducted the 9-year study on elderly people in Tuscany. The base findings were that resveratrol found in red wine, chocolate and grapes are not linked with increasing longevity or decreasing your risk of heart attack.

The study followed 783 elderly people in two small towns in Tuscany. Participants gave details of their diets and urinary samples to measure the levels of resveratrol in their systems. During the study, 268 participants died, with 174 developing heart disease and 34 getting cancer.

“In conclusion, this prospective study of nearly 800 older community-dwelling adults shows no association between urinary resveratrol metabolites and longevity,” the authors wrote in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

The good news is that resveratrol is not linked to any increased inflammation or risk for heart disease. So, it may not help you live longer, but it’s not killing you either. Professor Richard Semba said that any benefits derived from the foods, if there are any, must come from other foods. He was quick to point out that they are complex foods, but resveratrol is not the beneficial ingredient.

In the end, just enjoy the red wine and chocolate. Sure, it may not have an overwhelming health benefit, but in moderation, it isn’t a black mark in your health record.


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