Is Red Wine Really That Good For You?

Not trying to put a dampener on peoples love affair with red wine, nor am I trying to suggest the odd glass of red wine does you any harm...but recent research posted on the BBC News Health site has suggested that the red stuff may not be as good for you as first thought (at least not for the reasons they initially thought)! The stumbling block seems to stem from the resveratrol content in red wine, this is an antioxidant molecule found mostly in the skins of red grapes. Notably, a study performed on 800 villagers from the Chianti region showed little evidence that resveratrol stops heart disease. This doesn’t mean to say it doesn’t help, but there just isn’t enough evidence to say it does or it doesn’t either way. More research must be completed on resveratrol in order to shed more light, and interestingly the British Heart Foundation are reportedly carrying out their own research on resveratrol. Let's see what the consensus of opinion is  in due course.

Source BBC News Health, (2014). Red wine health benefits ‘overhyped’. Retrieved 15th May, 2014, from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-27371546

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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