Red Wine: Exercise in a Glass?

Can’t get to the gym? Have a glass of red wine with dinner.

The resveratrol in red wine may protect the body from the negative impact of sedentary lifestyles, says a new study published in the FASEB Journal.

Scientists subjected two groups of rats to conditions simulating spaceflight. The control group of rats showed a decrease in muscle mass and strength, the development of insulin resistance, and a loss of bone mineral density and resistance to breakage. But the group receiving resveratrol had none of these problems.

Because resveratrol seems to prevent the wasting of muscles caused by disuse, it could also help sedentary people hang on to their health.

“There are overwhelming data showing that the human body needs physical activity, but for some of us, getting that activity isn’t easy,” said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of the FASEB Journal. “A low gravity environment makes it nearly impossible for astronauts. For the earthbound, barriers to physical activity are equally challenging, whether they be disease, injury, or a desk job. Resveratrol may not be a substitute for exercise, but it could slow deterioration until someone can get moving again.”

See also: Stand and Deliver: The Benefits of Standing at Your Desk

Sources:, Science Daily,,

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