Red Wine Not Beneficial to Obese People

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The benefits of red wine are irrelevant for obese people.

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Red wine in small doses is useful in treating a number of diseases, such as diabetes, dementia, heart disease and even deafness. But the new data received by Danish researchers suggest that excess weight blocks all potential health benefits of wine.

The study, which was published in the Diabetes journal, involved 24 people suffering from obesity. Half of them were given high doses of resveratrol, an antioxidant that determines most of the useful properties of red wine, and the other half received a placebo. For four weeks, the scientists had been analyzing the insulin sensitivity, blood pressure, cholesterol levels and energy expenditure in both groups. It turned out that in addition to a slight decline in insulin sensitivity, all other parameters of the participants of the experiment remained unchanged.

Thus, justification of the use of resveratrol as a dietary supplement is questioned. On the other hand, Dr. David Sinclair of Harvard Medical School says that the products containing this antioxidant can help people live up to 150 years. He and his team have shown that resveratrol has a powerful anti-aging effect. This antioxidant stimulates the production of a protein called SIRT1, which slows down the aging process, speeding up the production of energy in cells.