We love a study that tells us something we want to hear when it comes to drinking wine. We won’t ask if you can guess what it is, because there is no way you will be able to fathom what this latest study has found.
Science Daily reports a study conducted by the University of Alberta in Canada has found that health benefits in resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, are similar to those we get from exercise.
Yes, you heard that right. Principal investigator Jason Dyck and his team found out in lab experiments that high doses of the natural compound resveratrol improved physical performance, heart function and muscle strength in lab models.
In fact, resveratrol showed results similar to what you would see from extensive endurance exercise training.
Dyck said they immediately saw the potential for this in the form of “improved exercise performance in a pill”.
He said the findings will particularly help those who are unable to exercise.
“I think resveratrol could help patient populations who want to exercise but are physically incapable,” he says.
“Resveratrol could mimic exercise for them or improve the benefits of the modest amount of exercise that they can do.”
Dyck and his team will soon start starting testing resveratrol on diabetics with heart failure to see if the natural compound can improve heart function.
The study is just yet more evidence of the health benefits of red wine. Studies show that those who drink a glass of red wine a day are less likely to develop dementia or cancer. It’s also good for your heart, has anti-ageing properties and can regulate blood sugar.
But, before you rush out to buy out the local bottle shop’s supply of red wine, you can also up your intake of resveratrol through eating fruit and foods such a blueberries, peanut butter, red grapes and dark chocolate.
A balanced diet is also a key fundamental of good health, so don’t over indulge when it comes to red wine, or chocolate, or peanut butter …
Do you already swear by the odd glass of red wine? If you’re a white wine drinker, will these latest findings make you think about changing your allegiance?