Here’s some sobering news for fans of red wine. Despite its touted good-for-you benefits, researchers have found that resveratrol, the compound often said to be among wine’s chief healthful properties, is not so beneficial on its own.
Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis concluded that supplements of resveratrol (consumed as pills rather than in sips of wine) did not benefit the cardiovascular health of women in their 50s or 60s evaluated in the study. The supplements also did nothing to diminish the onset of diabetes.
Still, researchers cautioned that it’s not necessarily cause to toss your wine if you’ve been drinking a little each day in hopes of improving your overall health profile. They say it’s possible that the compound, along with other nutrients in wine, may be beneficial when combined.