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A New Study Says A Glass Of Red Wine Is Equivalent To An Hour At The Gym

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Red wine lovers, here’s an exciting news for you!

Apparently, downing a glass of your favorite red wine is almost the same as spending an hour in the gym.

A study led by the University of Alberta, Canada has determined that red wine contains a compound named resveratrol, which is the similar to what your body produces when you exercise.

#1. What Is Resveratrol?

Resveratrol is compound that is present in the skin of red grapes, blueberries, peanuts, and some other berries. It is known to be an effective antioxidant that most plants produce to protect themselves from environmental dangers. The skin of red grapes have a high resveratrol content, which keeps away sun damage and fungal diseases. Red wine is known to contain more resveratrol than white wine-about 1 to 2 mg per 8 ounces.

#2. How does it work?

Resveratrol mainly works by protecting the DNA of a cell. As it is a powerful antioxidant, it can deactivate the free radicals in your body and also keep your cells from getting damaged. By eradicating the free radicals your body is exposed to, resveratrol can keep away many chronic diseases including cancer and brain disorders.

#3. How Does It Promote Weight Loss?

Those who drink a glass of red wine per day are less likely to gain weight as resveratrol can prevent the growth of fat cells in the body, keeping a check on body weight. The human body uses resveratrol to create a compound called piceatannol, which is responsible for binding the insulin receptors of fat cells, thus cutting off the growth of new fat cells.

#4. What Are The Other Benefits Of Drinking Red Wine?

The resveratrol content present in red wine can benefit your body in numerous other ways. Some of them are:

Lowers Cholesterol:

The high fiber content in red wine is known to keep your cholesterol levels under check.

Improves Heart Health:

Apart from lowering your cholesterol, the antioxidants (polyphenols) present in red wine are known to keep blood vessels flexible and healthy. They also reduce the chances of clogs and clots.

Improves Brain Function:

Red wine can also help keep your brain healthy. Research shows that resveratrol can keep brain diseases like Alzheimer’s at bay by preventing plaque from forming in the brain.

Regulates Blood Sugar:

Studies also show that resveratrol can help those who suffer from diabetes by regulating their blood sugar levels. Researchers are of the opinion that resveratrol has the ability to control insulin secretion and produces a protein that helps with insulin and glucose sensitivity.

Reduces The Risk Of Stroke:

Resveratrol removes chemicals that are responsible for causing blood clots, which is the leading factor for strokes.

So let’s toast to this lovely news that could benefit billions; particularly those who are incapable to exercise due to injuries or other health complications (also the ones who are too lazy to exercise).

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