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Red wine is “exercise in a bottle,” study suggests

on 03/07/11 at 12:32 pm

Booze News

Can red wine offset the negative health effects of a sedentary lifestyle? A new study suggests wine can be “exercise in a bottle.”

At least if you’re a rat.

The goal of this study was to see if an ingredient in wine, resveratrol, might help astronauts who often experience bad health effects from all that zero gravity inactivity. Weightlessness in space makes physical activity almost impossible for astronauts, resulting in a decrease in muscle and bone mass.

Cue the resveratrol. Earlier studies showed it can be good for health, because it lowers levels of “bad” cholesterol and protects the lining of heart blood vessels, according to the Mayo Clinic.


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