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Resveratrol: Whining About Red Wine

Previous studies touted the value of a red wine with dinner. “It’s good for what ails you” providing what ails you is a lack of good cholesterol. Red wine increases one’s good cholesterol levels thus reducing heart disease.

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According to a new study led by Dr. Brendan Gurd, professor at Queen’s University in Canada, the resveratrol, RSV, which is found in the skin of red grapes (and thus in red wine), impedes the body’s ability to maximize the effort of one’s exercise program.

Gurd studied 16 physically active men. Eight subjects received a daily dose of resveratrol. The other eight were given a placebo. Afterwards, they performed aerobic exercises for less than three hours each week. They were next instructed to take part in High-intensity Interval Training (HIIT) three times a week over the four weeks of the study.

At the close of the project, the participants who had been given the placebo experienced some of the benefits one associates with exercise. Those who had been given the resveratrol showed no significant improvements normally associated with exercise.

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Other studies have demonstrated that that there are many benefits associated with having a glass of wine with a meal. It reportedly benefits your heart and the resveratrol has even been revealed to potentially protect the partaker from cancer by averting the growth of cancerous cells.

Brewster Miller, DumbOut writer, notes yet another study done at “the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom (which) showed that flavonoids, another antioxidant present in red wine, can possibly protect against the development of type 2 diabetes.”

Gurd concludes: “The results we saw suggest that concurrent exercise training and RSV supplementation may alter the body’s normal training response induced by low-volume HIIT. The data set we recorded during this study clearly demonstrates that RSV supplementation doesn’t augment training, but may impair the affect it has on the body.”

Resveratrol: Whining About Red Wine

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