Quit Hitting the Gym and Drink Wine Instead?
Research directed by the University of Alberta in Canada discovered that health benefits in resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, are similar to those one gets from exercise.
Help for Those who are Unable to Exercise.
According to the lead researcher, Jason Dyck, the results will particularly help those who are unable to exercise for various reasons. Resveratrol was found to improve physical performance, the cardiovascular system and muscle strength in the same way as after a gym session.
“I think resveratrol could help patient populations who want to exercise but are physically incapable,” Jason Dyck says. ”Resveratrol could mimic exercise for them or improve the benefits of the modest amount of exercise that they can do.”
Red Wine Helps: Dementia, Cancer, Heart and Aging.
The health benefits of red wine have been well documented as previous studies have found that those who drink a glass of red wine a day are less likely to develop dementia or cancer, have better heart function, age slower and have better regulated blood sugar. There’s also research backing that fact that it boosts heart rate.
Though, we must be honest here – this is all in moderation, it only applies to red wine and the university’s study was carried out on rats, not humans. Further, it does not mean you can quit hitting the gym and just drink wine all day.
The amount of wine necessary to have enough resveratrol to completely replace the benefits we get from exercise is well beyond human limits. That gym subscription will have to stay, sadly.
I think resveratrol could help patient populations who want to exercise but are physically incapable. Resveratrol could mimic exercise for them or improve the benefits of the modest amount of exercise that they can do.
Jason Dyck, Lead Researcher, University of Alberta in Canada.
Still, it does mean that modest amounts (up to one glass daily) can increase the effectiveness of your gym sessions, or stimulate your body if you cannot do any exercising. If you want to up your intake of resveratrol beyond wine, you can try blueberries, peanut butter, red grapes and dark chocolate. As in all matters of life, a balanced approach is best.
Don't Drink? Eat Muscadine Grapes.
While we are talking about wine and weight, another study has found consuming red grapes or wine could slow the growth of fat cells. A team at Oregon State University exposed human liver and fat cells to extracts of four natural chemicals found in Muscadine grapes, a dark-red variety native to the southeastern United States.
One of the chemicals, ellagic acid, reduced the growth of existing fat cells and the formation of new ones and it boosted the metabolism of fatty acids in the liver cells. Sadly these findings don’t necessarily mean red wine is the solution to losing weight.
“We didn’t find, and we didn’t expect to, that these compounds would improve body weight,” said Neil Shay, a biochemist and molecular biologist at OSU”.
However, the study highlighted the positive effect red grapes could have on liver function in overweight people. “If we could develop a dietary strategy for reducing the harmful accumulation of fat in the liver, using common foods like grapes, that would be good news,” Shay added.
Stay tuned for further studies on wine and don’t forget to share with your drinking buddies.
Note: This article was published in "The Health Science Journal".
Red Wine and Grapes Create Health Benefits, but not Enough. What About a Simple Solution?
There is good news: artificial OPC offer the benefits of Red Wine and even more.
Your body is constantly being attacked by very harmful substances known as free radicals. You cannot see them, smell them, or touch them, but they are always there, trying to destroy body proteins and cell membranes. OPC's (oligomeric proanthocyanidins) are among today's most potent and promising free-radical fighters.
Found in grape seeds, red wine, and the bark of French maritime pine tress, more powerful than vitamins C and E, the gold-standard among antioxidants. This book explains the benefits of OPCs in combating modern-day killer diseases and in protecting the body's billions of cells.
Why do we need antioxidants? Cigarette smoke, air pollution, alcohol, drugs, radiation from televisions and computers, chemicals and a busy life generate free radicals, which cause “oxidative stress”.
Of course we can bad habits to reduce our exposure to free radicals but most unlikely all of them. Especially, air pollution, a busy life and chemicals can't be avoided altogether.
OPC Contain what Red Wine and Grapes Offer.
Professor Jack Masquelier was the first to isolate a high performance nutrient from plant materials.
OPC (Oligomeric Proantho Cyanidin) are protective plant substances, small clusters, consisting of single units called flavanols. In the human organism, OPCs turned out to be as active and as protective as in the plants from which they are isolated cells.
OPC are reported to improve e.g. cardiovascular health, diabetes, sports injuries, inflammations, premature aging, skincare and stroke.
A Certified Authentic Product
Is there anything that could underline the content and quality of a product better than the Certificate of Authenticity, signed by the OPC inventor Prof. Jack Masqellier, indicating that it contains OPC according to Prof. Jack's original formula.
Free radicals attack all your vital cellular structures, such as cell membranes and stimulate processes that have been linked to accelerated cellular aging.
An antioxidant’s job is to neutralize the free radical cells thus protecting the cells in our body from accelerated aging. By neutralizing the free radicals, these once free radical cells are able to assist with nutritional distribution, proper circulation and overall better health.
Proanthenols provides the very best in nutritional antioxidant support.
Your Exercise Plan is Still Waiting.
Red Wine, Grapes and especially OPC can support your health if consumed wisely and with moderation. But still, they can't replace your personal, tailored sports setup.
Our article How to Build an Exercise Plan may help to develop a simple and effective weekly routine.