Sorry. NO red wine health benefits if you’re overweight :(

on 10/04/13 at 10:09 am

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  • Previous studies suggested that active compound, resveratrol, in red wine helps prevent heart disease
  • But new Danish research shows that being overweight blocks all potential health benefit

It’s been touted as a cure-all for diabetes, dementia, heart disease and even hearing loss, but the miraculous health benefits of red wine cannot be reaped if you are obese, say researchers.

Resveratrol, the active compound found in the skins of red grapes and cocoa, is an antioxidant produced by plants to help protect them from extreme environments and block the effects of ultraviolet sunlight, infections and temperature changes.

The research, published in journal Diabetes, found that although test-tube studies had suggested that resveratrol had an effect on obesity, diabetes, high blood-pressure and blood cholesterol, it had no effect on 24 obese, but otherwise healthy men.

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