Monday, May 12, 2014

Red wine compound may not prevent heart disease, cancer afterall

CANCER DIGEST – May 12, 2014 – An antioxidant found in red wine, chocolate and grapes may not prevent inflammation, heart disease and cancer as has been thought. An eleven-year Italian study of 783 men and women 65 years or older living in Tuscany, Italy found no difference in the levels of digested resveratrol in the urine of those who developed cardiovascular disease or cancer compared to those who didn’t. During the nine years of collecting and analyzing urine samples from 639 participants who had no cardiovascular disease at the start of the study, 174 (27.2 percent) developed cardiovascular disease. Of the 734 free of cancer at the start of the study, 34 (4.6 percent) developed cancer during the follow-up. “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 concluded.

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