ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Red wine has been getting a lot of good press lately. Various studies show it provides health benefits but Washington University researchers suggest the ingredient credited with providing these benefits might not really be responsible.

Many people take the supplement resveratrol, the red wine ingredient thought to provide protection against diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

But Washington University researcher Dr. Samuel Klein says his tests show in healthy women over age 50, resveratrol “did not have any beneficial metabolic effects.”

“So if you’re relatively health to begin with, there may not be any kind of beneficial effects in taking the supplement.”

Klein speculates there must be some combination of beneficial ingredients in red wine, but it definitely is not just the resveratrol alone.


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