Purestock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Researchers in Denmark conducted a study that indicated an ingredient in wine may play a role in helping men build healthier bones.
The study, conducted by researchers at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark and published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, looked at data from 74 men between the ages of 30 and 60. Each man was given resveratrol, a compound present in nuts and grapes — and thereby, wine — in a range of dosages.
After 16 weeks of receiving those doses, the researchers found that those men who had received the highest dose of resveratrol also had significantly higher blood levels of bone alkaline phosphatase, which can be used as a marker for healthy bone turnover. The men with the highest doses of resveratrol also had higher bone mineral density measurements.
Additional studies will need to be done to determine whether the findings are universal, or unique to the population that researchers looked at in this study.
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