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New study shows red wine ineffective in reducing risk of heart disease

A new study from Italy shows that red wine and chocolate might have no effect on people with heart disease. According to the Headlines and Global News website, Researchers from the John Hopkins University of Medicine led by Dr. Richard Semba examined the urine samples of 783 people aged 65 and above from Tuscany, Italy using a method called mass spectrometry. The researchers looked for the presence of metabolites of resveratrol, which is found in red grapes, on the samples.

The report goes on to say that their analysis revealed no significant difference in heart disease and cancer risk for those who regularly consumed resveratrol compared to those who don't. The results remained consistent even after considering other factors such as age and gender.

"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. The thinking was that certain foods are good for you because they contain resveratrol. We didn't find that at all, says Dr. Semba.

This study was published in the May 12 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine. For more information on this story, visit the Headlines and Global News website

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