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, according to a newest post on Vegan Liftz.

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.

In the study that looked at resveratrol and workout performance, researchers used the equivalent of 146 milligrams of resveratrol per kilogram of body weight per day. In one glass of red wine, there is an about 0.29 to 1.89 milligrams of resveratrol per 5 fluid ounces (a serving), says Lauren Schmitt, registered dietitian, certified personal trainer and owner of Healthy Eating And Training Inc.


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