A new study from the University of Alberta has shown that a compound called Resveratrol, which is found in red wine, can provide similar benefits to exercise.
According to the lead research Jason Dyck, Resveratrol improves muscle strength, physical performance, and heart function. He believes the findings will be of particular significance to people who cannot exercise regularly due to medical conditions.
“Resveratrol could mimic exercise for them or improve the benefits of the modest amount of exercise that they can do,” he told Science Daily.
“We immediately saw the potential for this and thought that we identified ‘improved exercise performance in a pill.’ ”
So what about those who can work out but don’t want to? Well, Reseratrol is still good for you, but incorporating it into your diet doesn’t mean you can skip the gym—think of it as more of an exercise enhancement. If you’re not a fan of red wine, don’t worry. The compound can also be found in blueberries, peanut butter, red grapes, and dark chocolate.
This study is yet another addition to the long list of research that has document the health benefits of red wine. The drink has already been said to improve blood pressure, prevent dementia and cancer, and burn fat.