Not too long ago, we established that drinking half a bottle of red wine before you go to bed would help in nipping off a few inches off your waistline. If that wasn’t a good enough reason, here’s one more great reason to increase your intake of the magic compound, resveratrol (that breaks down fat in your body).
According to a study by the University of Alberta in Canada, the health benefits from resveratrol are similar to effects of a modest work out: improved physical performance, better heart function and increased muscle strength.
Jason Dyck, researcher in the department of Pediatrics and the department of Pharmacology who works in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry said, “We were excited when we saw that 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.”
Dyck and his team will soon start testing resveratrol on diabetics with heart failure to see if the compound can improve heart function. The 10-week study is expected to start within the next few months, “We immediately saw the potential for this and thought that we identified ‘improved exercise performance in a pill.”
The team’s findings were published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Physiology. The research was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
Resveratol is found in high concentrations in red wine and in the skin of grapes, blueberries, peanut butter and dark chocolate. So if you don’t like red wine then you can consume the beneficial compound in the aforementioned foods.