Evaluation of urinary resveratrol as a biomarker of dietary resveratrol intake in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study

Br J Nutr. 2017 Jun;117(11):1596-1602. doi: 10.1017/S0007114517001465. Epub 2017 Jun 22.


In vitro studies have shown several beneficial properties of resveratrol. Epidemiological evidence is still scarce, probably because of the difficulty in estimating resveratrol exposure accurately. The current study aimed to assess the relationships between acute and habitual dietary resveratrol and wine intake and urinary resveratrol excretion in a European population. A stratified random subsample of 475 men and women from four countries participating in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) cross-sectional study, who had provided 24-h urine samples and completed a 24-h dietary recall (24-HDR) on the same day, were included. Acute and habitual dietary data were collected using standardised 24-HDR software and a validated country-specific dietary questionnaire, respectively. Phenol-Explorer was used to estimate the intake of resveratrol and other stilbenes. Urinary resveratrol was analysed using tandem MS. Spearman's correlation coefficients between estimated dietary intakes of resveratrol and other stilbenes and consumption of wine, their main food source, were very high (r>0·9) when measured using dietary questionnaires and were slightly lower with 24-HDR (r>0·8). Partial Spearman's correlations between urinary resveratrol excretion and intake of resveratrol, total stilbenes or wine were found to be higher when using the 24-HDR (R 2 partial approximately 0·6) than when using the dietary questionnaires (R 2 partial approximately 0·5). Moderate to high correlations between dietary resveratrol, total stilbenes and wine, and urinary resveratrol concentrations were observed. These support the earlier findings that 24-h urinary resveratrol is an effective biomarker of both resveratrol and wine intakes. These correlations also support the validity of the estimation of resveratrol intake using the dietary questionnaire and Phenol-Explorer.

Keywords: 24-HDR 24-h dietary recall; DQ dietary questionnaire; Biomarkers; Intakes; Resveratrol; Urine; Wine.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Biomarkers / urine*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Diet Surveys
  • Diet*
  • Europe
  • Feeding Behavior*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Recall
  • Middle Aged
  • Phenols / urine*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Resveratrol
  • Stilbenes / administration & dosage*
  • Stilbenes / urine
  • Wine*


  • Biomarkers
  • Phenols
  • Stilbenes
  • Resveratrol