Shocker! Wine Not Linked to Better Running

Despite our hope for the contrary, a new study has found that grape compounds (i.e., those found in red wine) don’t boost running performance.

The research, published this month in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, contrasts earlier studies linking catechins, quercetin and resveratrol to improved endurance and muscle strength.

“Based on related experiments in rodents and humans, we expected only a small increase [in performance],” Dr. Patrick O’Connor, one of the study authors and a kinesiology professor at the University of Georgia, told Runner’s World Newswire. “It was not a big surprise that the findings showed no large effect.”

Because much of the previous research was either short-term, done on rodents, or conducted with supplements for one of the compounds rather than with food that contains all three compounds, the researchers set out to investigate whether a practical daily serving of grape juice (1.5 cups) would influence fitness.

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