Some studies indicate that drinking a glass of wine a day can be as beneficial for your health as exercise. Can you believe it?
This doesn’t take the place of exercise, but you’ll be harnessing the power of grapes. Want to learn how a glass of wine a day is as good as an hour of exercise? Then keep reading this article!
The research supporting this theory
The University of Alberta in Canada was responsible for conducting this study. They discovered that red wine contains a substance known as resveratrol that offers similar benefits to those that can be obtained from an hour of training at the gym.
Drinking a glass of red wine a day is good for the heart. That we already know. Now we can add other benefits to the list. With a glass of red wine a day, you can:
- Improve your physical performance
- Increase muscle strength
- Regulate blood flow to the heart
The Journal of Psychology also published a study stating that resveratrol can act as substitute for physical exercise in some people. The lead researcher, Jason Dyck, states that a glass of wine with dinner is the perfect amount.
Obviously, it would be exaggerating to argue that “it’s good for my health and saves me from going to the gym.”
Also, scientists warn that only red wine possesses these benefits and that it should not be consumed every day, but every 48 hours (with dinner one night and not the next).
Now that you know, don’t run out and buy gallons of wine thinking you can quit exercising.
It should be noted that this is not a substitute, but a supplement to a healthy exercise routine.
For example, you could drink wine on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and train on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Or vice versa. It’s a tremendous advantage to not have to train 6 days a week!
If you drink more than a glass a day, or drink every day and lead a sedentary lifestyle, unfortunately the magic effect will be lost.
Other health benefits of red wine
We already know that it can help you train less, but what else is a glass of wine a day with dinner good for?
Reduces cardiovascular disease
Red wine helps those who are at risk for heart attacks avoid ischemic and coronary diseases as well as arteriosclerosis.
Because of its such a great source of antioxidants, red wine helps reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) levels and increase good cholesterol (HDL). It also balances the level of triglycerides in the blood.
Strengthens the immune system
If you tend to get sick often perhaps it’s because your defenses are lowered or weakened. Drinking red wine can strengthen your immune system against infections, colds and allergies. Perfect for the changing temperatures that come with the arrival of winter!
Red wine possesses an excellent antihistamine action, making it perfect for seasonal allergies. It’s also antibacterial.
Improves skin health
This is due to its high content of antioxidants and vitamins. It prevents premature aging, wrinkles and age spots. Drinking red wine will help you look younger and more radiant!
If you’ve fallen and been injured or are suffering from a disease that causes swelling (arthritis, edema, etc.), don’t hesitate to drink a glass of red wine with dinner.
Improve blood flow
As soon it enters the body, red wine starts work as a perfect anticoagulant. It’s not recommended for those who bleed easily, however.
Check this out: How to Improve Poor Circulation in Your Legs
It’s loaded with nutrients
Red wine provides many minerals and trace elements such as:
It’s advised to drink red wine with cheeses and meats to better digest the proteins they contain and to alleviate symptoms of acid reflux.
It’s also been reported to help prevent stomach ulcers.
Prevents kidney stones
In fact, it’s good for renal function and the urinary tract in general. It’s recommended for those who are prone to developing kidney stones, urinary tract or bladder infections, etc.
Protects the brain
Resveratrol (our friend who helps us go to the gym less) also helps mental functioning. It can help patients with Alzheimer’s or those who are at risk of developing it.
A glass of red wine can help restore mental functions like memory and concentration, for example.
Studies confirm that the flavonoids contained in wine can be really important in the prevention of prostate cancer.
Good for the eyes
The antioxidants in red wine protect the eyes from many diseases like diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.
As if all the benefits above weren’t enough, red wine also:
- Reduces your risk of developing hemorrhoids.
- Counteracts the symptoms of varicose veins.
- Lowers blood pressure.
- Balances insulin levels in the blood.
- Stops the formations and accumulation of fat on the stomach.
- Fights gingivitis.
- Soothes sore throats.
- Releases endorphins increasing feelings of well being.
- Decreases the consequences of living a sedentary lifestyle.
- Cleanses the palate and tongue.