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STUDY: Red wine may not be as heart-healthy as thought

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UNDATED (NBC) - Many people drink red wine for its apparent health benefits, but now some doctors are saying the drink may do nothing to prevent disease or extend lives.

Red wine has been hailed as a heart-healthy drink but in a new study it failed to show any benefit.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine followed nearly 800 older adults in Italy for 9 years.

They found no link between concentrations of the key red wine antioxidant, called resveratrol, in the participants' bodies and a reduced risk for cancer, heart disease or early death.

But outside experts say it's too early to cork your cabernet.

"There are a lot of studies that have really proven its benefits, so I wouldn't necessarily change their whole outlook on their way of eating just yet,” Julia Zumpano of the Cleveland Clinic said.

Resveratrol is also found in grapes and dark chocolate, foods that are included in the famously healthy Mediterranean diet, which also includes plenty of fish, vegetables, nuts and seeds.

"Grapes, dark chocolate, red wine, some berries still really healthy for us, still good for us, so if you're taking it in already, go ahead and continue until we have larger scale studies with more participants,” Zumpano said.

Experts say red wine is fine in moderation but, at least according to this latest study, it may not be the health elixir so many hoped it would be.
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