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Red wine health benefits ‘overhyped’

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Share Sharecenter_img HealthLifestyle Red wine health benefits ‘overhyped’ by: – May 13, 2014 33 Views   no discussions red wineRed wine contains resveratrol, but the amount varies with grape varietyRed wine may not be as good for you as hoped, say scientists who have studied the drink’s ingredient that is purported to confer good health.The team tracked the health of nearly 800 villagers from the Chianti region of Italy to see if their local tipple had any discernable impact.They found no proof that the wine ingredient resveratrol stops heart disease or prolongs life.Experts say more research is needed to get a definitive answer.The British Heart Foundation is carrying out its own resveratrol study.French ParadoxMany studies have sought to explain why there is a low incidence of heart disease in France, despite many of its inhabitants eating a high-fat diet.Some put it down to moderate drinking of red wine.Studies have shown that consumption of red wine, dark chocolate and berries reduces inflammation, leading researchers to speculate that their common ingredient, resveratrol, explains why.But Prof Richard Semba, of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and colleagues found no evidence for this.They chose two small towns in Tuscany as their test ground, and 783 elderly people who were living there agreed to take part in their investigation.The volunteers gave details about their daily diets as well as urine samples for measurement of their resveratrol intake.During the nine years of the study, 268 of the men and women died, 174 developed heart disease and 34 got cancer.But urinary resveratrol was not linked with death risk, heart disease risk or cancer risk.Nor was it associated with any markers of inflammation in the blood.Prof Semba said: “The thinking was that certain foods are good for you because they contain resveratrol. We didn’t find that at all.“The story of resveratrol turns out to be another case where you get a lot of hype about health benefits that doesn’t stand the test of time.”He says any benefits of drinking wine or eating dark chocolate or berries, if they are there, must come from other shared ingredients. And it’s not clear how much you might need to eat or drink.“These are complex foods, and all we really know from our study is that the benefits are probably not due to resveratrol.”Maureen Talbot, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: “The results of this study, while interesting, will not change the dietary advice we provide. People should continue to eat plenty of fruit, veg and wholegrains.“We recognise the need to learn more about the action of resveratrol though, so are funding research into its reported disease-combating properties and how it affects the heart and circulatory system.“This research is vital as it could form the basis of future medicines.”BBC Newslast_img read more

Wisconsin earns home split with Robert Morris

first_imgBrooke Ammerman scored the game-winning goal in overtime against Robert Morris Saturday.[/media-credit]Although it was an unexpectedly intense fight Saturday at the Kohl Center, the No. 6 UW women’s hockey team was able to walk away with an overtime win over the Robert Morris Colonials.It was the Badgers who struck first, keeping the Colonials offense at bay throughout the first period. But Robert Morris held on tight throughout, taking advantage by scoring on two of its power plays and driving the game into overtime. It was the Badgers’ sophomore Brooke Ammerman who had the final word, however, knocking in a goal off an assist from junior Mallory Deluce to seal the 3-2 win.Wisconsin head coach Tracey DeKeyser was happy to see her team get a win in the series after the strong effort they showed in both games.“It’s nice to get a win,” DeKeyser said. “We regrouped really well in the neutral zone, we were doing some great stretch breakouts. It’s nice to be rewarded for hard work.”In the first period, UW came out strong expecting Robert Morris’s physical style of play. Fifteen minutes into the period, UW senior Emily Kranz drove in a goal off a rebound, putting the Badgers ahead 1-0. The momentum of the game soon changed, however, as Robert Morris used its power plays to the fullest advantage. Colonials’ freshman Jamie Joslin shot the puck into the net past Badgers goalie Alannah McCready 10 minutes into the second period.The Badgers were quick to respond to the Colonials goal, though. Before the series with Robert Morris, Wisconsin had only scored twice out of 44 power plays this season, but Wisconsin finally capitalized off one of only three power plays in the game, as junior Kelly Nash slid the puck past Colonials goalie Daneca Butterfield 14 minutes into the second period to put the Badgers ahead 2-1.But Robert Morris was not ready to quit just yet. In the third period the Colonials utilized their fifth power play of the game just seven minutes in to tie the game up at two on a goal by sophomore Brianna Delaney, ultimately driving the game into overtime.The Colonials quickly had a chance to win, getting a penalty shot one minute into overtime. McCready was able to force Delaney to the side and make the save, allowing the Badgers to still have a chance for the win. McCready was at first unprepared for the penalty shot but was happy she was able to come away with the save.“I didn’t know it was a penalty shot at first,” McCready said. “I was hoping she would make a move because it’s harder to stop a breakaway when they shoot. … It’s always [my] goal to push them to one side so it’s easier to make a save and it ended up working out for me, so I was happy.”The Badgers were able to come away with the win 3-2 as Ammerman knocked in a goal in the third minute of overtime thanks to a nice pass from Deluce.“[Deluce] just threw it to the net and the rebound just came to me and I just went down on one knee to make sure I didn’t throw it over the top of the net,” Ammerman said of her goal.The sophomore also added that Robert Morris played a tough game and it was Wisconsin who got lucky in the end to walk away with the win.Despite being favored in the matchup, the Badgers fell to the Colonials 3-1 in the opener Friday afternoon, splitting the series with the Hockey America Conference squad.After neither team scored in the first period, it was all Robert Morris in the second as the Colonials scored twice against Wisconsin goalie Becca Ruegsegger. Although Wisconsin started a comeback midway through the third period as freshman Saige Pacholok scored the first Wisconsin goal of the game, Robert Morris clinched the win when junior Sara O’Malley scored from across the neutral zone into an empty net.Robert Morris came into the game with a very different style of defense than Wisconsin was used to. Despite preparing for the novel defense, the Badgers were unable to capitalize on their few chances throughout the first game. DeKeyser noted how the Colonials’ effective defensive system disrupted her team’s offensive attack.“They put basically their whole team in front of their net and if we’re not specific about where we’re shooting or we have our head down, you’re going to most likely hit one of them,” she said. “It’s not very pretty or sophisticated defense, it’s just effective.”After splitting their fourth series out of five this season, the Badgers are still working on being more consistent.“We’ve been inconsistent this weekend,” Dekeyser said. “That’s a sign of a young team and it adjusting to their roles, but [we’ve] got to live and learn and hopefully we have.”last_img read more

Lamar Jackson annoyed by comparisons to Patrick Mahomes but admires fellow MVP’s ‘cannon arm’

first_imgRavens quarterback Lamar Jackson finds constant comparisons with Patrick Mahomes annoying, but he concedes that the Chiefs quarterback is better in one area.Jackson succeeded Mahomes as NFL MVP last season, winning the award in his second season in the league just like Mahomes did. Their similar trajectories as players and their status as two of the premier quarterbacks as the league enters a new era at the position has made “Jackson or Mahomes” a frequent debate topic. Mahomes led the Chiefs to a 31-20 victory over the 49ers in Super Bowl 54 last season and was named the game’s MVP. Kansas City trailed San Francisco by 10 points with seven minutes left.Jackson and the Ravens would have met Mahomes and the Chiefs in the AFC championship game had Baltimore not suffered a 28-12 upset loss to the Titans in the divisional round.Mahomes has won both of his meetings with Jackson in the NFL. The Chiefs beat the Ravens 33-28 in Week 3 last season and 27-24 in Week 14 of the 2018 campaign. It is a discussion for which Jackson has little time.MORE: Jackson avoids disaster at beach football game”Yeah, that’s annoying. We play football,” Jackson said on Bleacher Report’s “Take it There with Taylor Rooks.””Two different teams. Ain’t got nothing to do with each other. Like, we just play football. That’s it,” Jackson added.Asked if there was any aspect of Mahomes’ skill set he would like to possess, Jackson initially joked: “None. I ain’t trying to be him. I’m my own player.” Then he said: “To throw as far as him. I want that cannon. He got a cannon arm. I’d take that cannon.”last_img read more