A few years ago, the University of Alberta in Canada conducted a study and found that the health benefits of resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, blueberries, peanut butter, red grapes and dark chocolate, are similar to those we get from exercise.
Resveratrol was seen to improve physical performance, heart function and muscle strength in the same way that they are improved after working out at the gym. According to researcher Jason Dyck, these findings will help those who are unable to exercise on a regular basis.
“I think resveratrol could help patient populations who want to exercise but are physically incapable,” he said. “Resveratrol could mimic exercise for them or improve the benefits of the modest amount of exercise that they can do.”
What if I’m unable to exercise due to absolute laziness?
More recent studies conducted by scientists from Washington State University and Harvard showed the link between resveratrol and weight loss. The polyphenol works to stop fat cells from gaining more fat by turning stubborn white fat into burnable brown fat. At Harvard, they found that those who drank at least two glasses a day were 70 percent less likely to be overweight.
And if we put the ideas of slim waistlines and physical fitness aside, this is not the first time we have heard the health benefits one can get from drinking red wine. Studies in the past have revealed that those who drink a glass of red wine every day are less likely to develop dementia or cancer. It’s also good for your heart, anti-aging and can regulate blood sugar.