Wine lovers, rejoice.
A scientific study has found resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, to have similar health benefits as exercise.
But before you turn your home gym into a wine cellar, let’s delve a little deeper into this study conducted by the University of Alberta in Canada.
Researchers treated rats with four grams of resveratrol per kilogram of body weight daily. The rodents were then forced to run on a treadmill for five days a week for 12 weeks. A control group of rats was used that were not conditioned.
The results showed rats supplemented with resveratrol ran faster and longer than the resveratrol-free rats, whether they were conditioned or not.
The resveratrol-supplemented rats had greater insulin and glucose sensitivity, muscle twitch force and oxygen consumption.
“I think resveratrol could help patient populations who want to exercise but are physically incapable,” lead researcher Jason Dyck said. “Resveratrol could mimic exercise for them or improve the benefits of the modest amount of exercise that they can do.”
So, what’s the problem here? Maybe you’ve heard the old adage: “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”
The study has its limitations. It is debatable whether animal studies are good predictors of human reactions. The rats were supplemented with a large dose of resveratrol.
Critics argue a human would have to drink three liters of wine to mimic the amount of resveratrol the rats were given.
Disclaimer: three liters of wine is an unhealthy amount.
Before you cry over spilled wine, know there is a silver lining. The health benefits of red wine (in moderation) are well-documented. Read on to justify your favorite “healthy” habit.
1. Live longer
People tend to live longer in regions where wine consumption is a part of their everyday life. The tannins found in red wine are believed to help promote cardiovascular health.
Researchers at Harvard Medical School conducted animal studies with evidence resveratrol is linked to anti-aging and longevity due to its effect on genes.
Translation? We ain’t ever getting older.
2. Be smarter
Can’t remember where you left your car keys? Resveratrol to the rescue—researchers found resveratrol may help improve short-term memory.
Participants showed an increase in retention of words, and their brains showed faster performance in the portion associated with memories, learning and emotions.
3. Cheer up
You already know wine goes perfectly paired with a bubble bath at the end of a long day, but did you know it lowers your risk of depression?
Researchers in Spain found people who drank two to seven glasses of wine per week were less likely to be diagnosed with depression.
4. Protect your smile
Wine helps reduce five of the common oral plaque-causing bacteria found on teeth.
Make your dentist proud and have a glass of wine.
6. Lower your cholesterol
Resveratrol is believed to reduce LDL and increase HDL (LDL is commonly referred to as “bad cholesterol” and HDL are the good guys).
7. Slash your diabetes risk
People who drink wine in moderation have a 30 percent lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Again, you can thank resveratrol, which improves sensitivity to insulin.
Drinking in moderation is key. If you want to experience the health benefits of wine, keep your consumption to one five-ounce glass a day. We’re looking at you, Amy.
Don’t imbibe and want to up your intake of resveratrol? Try blueberries, peanut butter, red grapes and dark chocolate.