University Of Alberta Study Says A Glass Of Red Wine Daily As Healthy As 1 Hour At Gym

By @vitthernandez on
Wine is poured into a glass
Wine is poured into a glass REUTERS/Jamal Saidi

Why bother pumping iron and sweating it out at the gym when you could instead enjoy an after work drink of red wine at the bar or at home and get the same physical benefits? That appears to be the message of a University of Alberta study that says a glass of red wine daily provides the same physical performance, heart function and muscle strength benefits as working out an hour at the gym.

Scientists explain their finding to the chemical resveratrol found naturally in red wine. But for those who still want to exercise, red wine enhances the cardiovascular benefits of physical activity, reports Daily Meal.

Jason Dyck, principal investigator of the research, said, “I think resveratrol could help patient populations who want to exercise but a physically incapable. Resveratrol could mimic exercise for them or improve the benefits of the modest amount of exercise that they can do,” quotes Science Daily.

Resveratrol is a natural compound found in some fruits, nuts and red wine, said Dyck who is a researcher at the university’s Department of Pediatrics and Department of Pharmacology which are affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. He said the team will begin testing resveratrol on diabetics with heart failure to test if the compound could improve their heart function.

The team would begin the 10-week study within the next few months. The initial research was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Physiology in late May.

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