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Can drinking wine be as good as working out?

Updated on December 13, 2015
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Resveratrol in Red Wine

There have been studies to show grapes contain a special and complicated factor called resveratrol. This ingredient has been found to improve bodily functions of the heart, muscles and bones; the same levels are also achieved when exercising.

Is drinking wine better than working out?

There have been studies to show grapes contain a special and complicated factor called resveratrol. This ingredient has been found to improve bodily functions of the heart, muscles and bones; the same levels are also achieved when exercising.

Resveratrol has been tested to see if its high levels of antioxidants can help with diabetes and heart conditions. If these tests are positive it could mean people can improve their health by consuming red wine.

When consumed moderately, red wine has also been known to promote longer lives. Other studies have been done to support the benefits of red wine stating the antioxidants factors can help with dementia, cancer, and anti-aging.

Grapes on the Vine, photo taken by Randi Glazer
Grapes on the Vine, photo taken by Randi Glazer | Source

So, what is Resveratrol?

Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant produced by some plants. It is made to protect against environmental stresses. It is more commonly known amongst lay people as the active ingredient in red wine said to protect against heart disease. Resveratrol is said to have more health benefits than protecting against heart disease. Other benefits include inflammation, reversing diabetes and taming obesity.

More information on Resveratrol....

Resveratrol is an actively found in the skins, seeds, and stems of grapes. It has long been thought and now been proven in studies that Resveratrol is the element in red wine which increases cellular productivity and longevity, leading to a longer and healthier life. Funny thing is, drinking red wine is not the only way you can come by this miracle treatment. It can also be purchased in pill/capsule form, although agreeably it would not be as much fun taking the capsule as oppised to drinking bottles of red wine.

What is the recommended daily amount of Resveratrol?

1000mg/day has been recommended as an effective dose, but the bioavailability of Resveratrol from supplements is uncertain. Drinking red wine won't provide sufficient resveratrol benefits. A Resveratrol chewing gum is still in development, also a topical application to fight skin cancer, and have promise to become the most effective methods of delivery. At a level of 1000mg/day it is said to increased energy, eyesight and sex drive.

How else can you benefit from Resveratrol without drinking wine or taking supplements?

There are other foods that will give similar benefits of Reseratrol besides drinking red wine or taking supplements. Other foods that contain some resveratrol benefits are peanuts, blueberries and cranberries. Simply eating grapes, or drinking grape juice, has been thought as one way to ingest resveratrol without drinking alcohol. Red and purple grape juices may have some of the same heart-healthy benefits of red wine. However, it is always best to eat fresh fruits rather than drinking juice as it contains a lot of sugar and will have a reverse effect on the body.

Is there any substitute for regular exercise?

There will never be any substitute for regular heart healthy exercise, red wine or not. Supplements containing Resveratrol can be taken, but it still won't replace regular exercise nor will eating grapes, cranberries or peanuts.

It's important to exercise regularly. It's good for the mind, body and soul. What could be more beneficial than a walk with your best friend on a beautiful sunny day?

For some things there is no substitute.....


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Friends, photo by Randi Glazer | Source

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