Many people drink red wine for its apparent health benefits.
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 a new study failed to show any benefit.
Researchers at John Hopkins University School of Medicine followed nearly 800 older adults in Italy for nine years.
They found no link between concentrations of the key red wine antioxidant, called Resveratrol, in participant’s bodies.
Those participants also showed a higher risk for cancer, heart disease and 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,” says Julia Zumpano, RD, Cleveland Clinic.
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.
Experts say red wine is fine in moderation.
But, it may not be the health elixir so many hoped it would be.
The study did not address Resveratrol supplements.