Wine lovers and brewers will be happy to welcome another research outcome that toasted to its positive benefit as worth one hour’s exercise due to Resveratrol, an antioxidant present in red grapes.
According to a Canadian research team, a glass of red wine could improve muscle and heart functions in the same way as an hour of exercise would provide.
“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,” said lead author Jason Dyck from the University of Alberta in Canada.
In their laboratory tests, Dyck and his team found that high doses of resveratrol improved physical performance, heart function and muscle strength in animals and hope to relicate similar reults in humans.
“We could conceivably create an improved exercise performance in a pill,” Dyck told Science Daily.
In addition to the heart, the antioxidant also helps to reduce the chance of developing cataracts, improves memory and even cuts down cancer risk, show previous research findings.
(With inputs from IANS)