Glass of Red Wine = Gym Workout Really?

Some people like their glass of red wine. There are health benefits, according to research. Nonetheless, it doesn't solve all aging issues. Prepare family and finances for the costs and burdens of longevity.

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Glass of Red Wine = Gym Workout Really?
3 Min Read December 28th, 2015 Updated:March 8th, 2021

Here is now great news if you enjoy a glass of red wine from time to time. Several studies over the years have linked health benefits and red wine. Now, science has shown that a glass of red is equal to a workout at the gym.

Researchers at Canada's University of Alberta show red wine holds the same natural compound – resveratrol – as nuts and grapes – which, when tested on mice, improved their physical performance, heart function, and muscle strength.

The Mayo Clinic has reported red wine, in moderation, has long been thought of as heart-healthy. The alcohol and certain substances in red wine called antioxidants may help prevent heart disease by increasing levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the "good" cholesterol) and protecting against artery damage.

Resveratrol has been the key ingredient in red wine that helps prevent damage to blood vessels, reduces low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the "bad" cholesterol), and prevents blood clots.

Most research on resveratrol has been done on animals, not people. Research in mice given resveratrol suggests that the antioxidant might also help protect them from obesity and diabetes, both of which are strong risk factors for heart disease.

 “Resveratrol showed results similar to what you would see from extensive endurance exercise training.”

 Dr. Jason Dyck, the lead investigator of the University of Alberta study

Dyck says Resveratrol could help people who want to exercise but are physically incapable. Resveratrol could mimic exercise for them or improve the benefits of the modest amount of exercise that they can do.

In short, that means red wine possesses ingredients that create the same effects as going to the gym. So, by drinking a glass of red a day, you could strengthen your heart, muscles, and bones just as you would during a workout. Maybe.

Other Health Benefits of Red Wine

There seems to be research that suggests red wine can benefit your skin as you get older. These benefits come from the grape’s skin and seeds. Specifically, researchers indicate that grape skin and seeds are rich in flavonoids. The antioxidant properties in the flavonoids are known to help protect skin from free-radicals which causes the skin to age prematurely.

More research has to be done. However, it seems that red wine in moderation may reduce bad cholesterol, prevent blood clots, slow down brain decline and aging and decrease the risk of cataracts, colon cancer, and type 2 diabetes are just a few of the health benefits.

Be careful not to overdo it. A 175ml glass of average strength red wine contains 120 calories, for instance, while a 250ml glass contains about 215 calories.

Drink your red wine in moderation. However, better still be diligent in your retirement planning and prepare your family and finances for the consequences of aging. 

Health Changes With Aging

These changes you will experience in your health, body, and mind will often lead to your need for long-term health care. Your family is not the best option to be your future caregiver. Not only will they get older as you do, but they will also have other responsibilities with a career and family to be considered with as well. 

Many American families find that affordable Long-Term Care Insurance is an excellent solution. When you own a policy you will have access to your choice of quality care, including in-home care. The coverage helps you safeguard income and assets while, at the same time, give your family the time to be family.

Experts suggest getting coverage before retirement, ideally in your 40s or 50s. Seek the help of a Long-Term Care Insurance specialist to help you navigate the many available options.


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