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Health Alert: Wine and Chocolate

Updated: Tuesday, May 13 2014, 04:37 PM EDT
CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- The stuff in red wine and chocolate that is supposed to help fight disease might not be quite as good for you as previously thought.

A new study finds the antioxidant resveratrol, found in red wine, chocolate, and grapes, was not associated with longevity or decrease in heart disease or cancer incidence.  Experts at the Cleveland Clinic who review this new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association International Medicine say early evidence suggested that resveratrol may have had anti-inflammatory effects.  Lower inflammation has been linked to  reduced risk for some cancers and less stiffness in your blood vessels linked to heart attack risk.  But when  the effects of resveratrol were studied in more than 800 men and women, 65-years and older, this wasn't found to be true.

Now in this study urine samples were used to measure their resveratrol levels every 24 hours for 9 years.  Results show during that by the time 34 percent of the people died, 27 percent of them developed heart disease and 5 percent developed cancer regardless of their resveratrol level.
So here's the conclusion, a little red wine or chocolate isn't necessarily bad for you.  It's just not like drinking tomato juice or eating broccoli.  Exercise is actually one of the better ways to lower inflammation risk, and that can even be measured in the body through a level called CRP.  You want your CRP under three.  Your doctor can measure this in a blood test.

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