A red wine ingredient known as resveratrol didn’t work when obese men took it as a supplement in a controlled study performed in Denmark and published today in the April Diabetes. A group of 24 obese but otherwise healthy men received either a placebo or 1,500 milligrams of the resveratrol each day. Dr. Morten Moller Poulsen, the lead researcher, said that the red wine ingredient had absolutely no effect on the men whatsoever.
In a statement released ahead of publication by the American Diabetes Association, Dr. Poulsen said, “It seriously calls into question whether there is any benefit associated with taking supplements made from this compound.”
I know what you’re thinking, but apparently the study is no April fool’s joke. A related article in the same issue of Diabetes cited the lack of results and openly questioned where the research could go from here to explore the promise of the much-hyped red wine ingredient.
That article pointed out that resveratrol has been proven to extend the life of lab rodents — including old, fat, and even diabetic mice. Tests on cell cultures and mouse models have suggested that it could work the same way for humans.
Certainly, these previous studies have excited a lot of enthusiasm from doctors and researchers. An Australian doctor working at Harvard Medical School, Dr. David Sinclair, has been an outspoken advocate of resveratrol, even saying that a study of the natural chemical could eventually lead to drugs that allow us to live to age 150.
Other studies agreed that the ingredient could fight the diseases that come with age — or even turn back the effects of cell aging.
But, apparently, there’s more to the story than just popping a pill. If the resveratrol supplements don’t work, you may have to fall back on drinking an actual glass of red wine to get the key ingredient.
[red wine photo courtesy Bonvol via Wikipedia Commons]