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Can Red Wine Really Boost Your Fitness?

Two studies have come out that seem almost too good to be true: Researchers have found that a compound in red wine may mimic exercise in the body and boost workout performance. Like, whoa. Who wouldn’t want to forgo the gym for a glass of wine with girlfriends? Or toast a glass to a better performance? But before you go donating your sneakers to charity and buying red wine in bulk, this research may be, in fact, too good to be true-at least in the real world.

The compound in red wine that seems to be a magic exercise elixir is called resveratrol . According to the studies, resveratrol may improve physical performance, heart function and muscle strength. That said, there are two big hiccups to the research: One, that the studies are done on rats and not humans, and two, that it takes a lot of resveratrol to see the benefit.

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