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Diets rich in antioxidant resveratrol fail to reduce deaths, heart disease or cancer.

A study of Italians who consume a diet rich in resveratrol-the compound found in red wine, dark chocolate and berries-finds they live no longer than and are just as likely to develop cardiovascular disease or cancer as those who eat or drink smaller amounts of the antioxidant.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

There are more than 50 polyphenols in red wine, and more than 8,000 known polyphenols. Just because resveratrol has the highest concentration in red wine doesn’t mean it is the most important. In fact, a minor polyphenol (delphinidins) in red wine has been shown to be more powerful than resveratrol in reducing inflammation. It’s the reduction in inflammation that reduces deaths, heart disease, and cancer.

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