It’s long been thought that red wine possesses many positive health benefits, but today, wine lovers, your dreams are going to be answered.
A new scientific study has shown that, on top of all the other reported benefits, a glass of wine a day can be more beneficial for you than an hour at the gym!
Yes, you read that right… there’s scientific proof that red wine is better than the gym!
Scientific researchers at Canada’s Univerisity of Alberta discovered a natural compound called resveratrol in nuts, grapes and none other than red wine. Principal investigator, Jason Dyck, and his team found that high doses of resveratrol in mice improved physical performance, heart function and muscle strength.
Jason told Science Daily, "Resveratrol showed results similar to what you would see from extensive endurance exercise training… I think resveratrol could help patient populations 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.”
Well if science says it’s true then who are we to argue?
The Good News
In layman's terms what this actually means is that red wine possesses ingredients which create all the same effects of going to the gym. So next time you drink a glass of red wine you can strengthen your heart, muscle, and bones just as you would during a workout all without breaking a sweat!
The Bad News
Before you start rejoicing and run out of the house to replenish your wine supply, this doesn’t mean that you can strawpedo a bottle of wine each night. This only works with one glass a day - three glasses don’t count as a three hour gym session - so the key is moderation.
And, you may have guessed, but this only applies to red wine drinkers. Sorry white lovers!
Other Benefits of Red Wine (When Consumed in Moderation)
- For calorie counters, wine has only got 100 calories
- Reduces ‘bad cholesterol’
- Prevent blood clots
- Decreases risk of cataracts, colon cancer and type 2 diabetes
- Slows down brain decline
There you have it. It’s time to sit back with a glass of your favourite red, or better yet, start planning a wine tour (for your health of course).
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