A glass of red wine is the equivalent to an hour at the gym, says new study
Author: Daisy Mae Sitch
Research 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. Red wine over a heavy session on the cross-trainer? Now that's something we can definitely get onboard with. According to lead researcher, Jason Dyck, these findings will particularly help those who are unable to exercise. Resveratrol was seen to improve physical performance, heart function and muscle strength in the same way as they're improved after a gym session. "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." Discussion over the health benefits of red wine have been well documented. Studies have revealed that those who drink a glass of red wine a day are less likely to develop dementia or cancer, that it's good for your heart, anti-ageing and can regulate blood sugar. And now there's research backing that fact that it boosts heart rate? This is literally the best thing ever. Though, let's be straight here - this is all in moderation, it only applies to red wine and the university's study was carried out on rats, not humans. Still, if you want to up your intake of resveratrol? Try blueberries, peanut butter, red grapes and dark chocolate. Remember, a balanced diet is everything.