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Study: Red wine and chocolate may not help you live longer

Updated: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 |
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(NEWSCHANNEL 3) – A new study has found red wine and chocolate may not help you live longer, as previous studies have claimed.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins say the antioxidant resveratrol, found in chocolate and the skin of red grapes, has no "substantial influence" on longevity.

Researchers recruited nearly 800 men and women age 65 and older in the heart of Italy's Chianti wine-growing region.
They divided the subjects into groups based on their resveratrol levels and tracked death rates over nine years.

They found virtually the same proportion of deaths between those groups, resveratrol having no substantial influence on inflammation, cardiovascular disease or cancer.

The researchers say this study shows resveratrol is not a miracle chemical and that a person’s overall health does not boil down to one chemical.

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