Glass of Red Wine = Gym Workout Really?

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Published: Dec 28th, 2015
Glass of Red Wine = Gym Workout Really?

If you enjoy a glass of red wine this will be great news. A number of studies over the years have linked the health benefits of 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 shows 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 would during a workout. Maybe.

More research has to be done but in moderation, red wine 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.

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