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Don’t swap that visit to the gym for a glass of red wine yet!!!!

Lately in the UK media you may have read the news we have all been waiting for!!

A report that has been picked up by several mainstream media says that a glass of red wine is equal to an hour in the gym.

It refers to a respected study from the Canadian University of Alberta and is based on the fact that resveratrol, found in red wine, gives the same health benefits as those gained from exercise.

A top British paper has reported that according to the lead researcher of the study Jason Dyck, red wine could help those unable to exercise as resveratrol was seen to improve physical performance, heart function and muscle strength. The report quotes Jason Dyck as saying:

“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.”

Yeh! That’s it then. Let’s shed those clumsy trainers and open a bottle. Much more sophisticated and fun.

But wait. Here at Laterlife we decided to look into this a little further. Not that we are against red wine, but just that it seemed too good to be true.

And sadly it seems that it was.

Jason Dyck is a director of the Cardiovascular Research Centre at the University, and is quite firm that they haven’t recommended people to stop going to the gym.

“Sadly this is not the case,” said Jason. “There is a kernel of truth in there, but to be effective, you would have to drink anywhere from 100 to a thousand bottles a day,” he said.

The research did not actually use any red wine, and was undertaken to find out whether resveratrol can increase exercise capacity for those who are already exercising.

Soon Jason and his team are going to start testing resveratrol on diabetics with heart failure to see if the natural compound can improve heart function for this group. It is the start of a long investigation that may lead to new knowledge, recommendations and even treatments.

But it is all very early in this area of research and sadly, Jasoc Duck confirms he really is not recommending that we all drop exercise to drink more red wine!

More information is available from the University of Alberta.

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