One glass of red wine is as beneficial as an hour of exercise: Research

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New Delhi (NVI): Consuming a glass of red wine has the same benefits as working out for an hour at the gym, according to a study by scientists at the University of Alberta.

Scientists found in the study that the chemical resveratrol, naturally found in red wine, has numerous health and heart-positive benefits. Red wine could actually enhance the cardiovascular benefits of exercise.

According to research leader Jason Dyck, this research will be very helpful for those who cannot exercise.

Discussion over the health benefits of red wine have been well documented. Studies have revealed that those who drink a glass of red wine a day are less likely to develop dementia or cancer, that it’s good for your heart, anti-ageing and can regulate blood sugar.

Leah Kaufman, a registered dietician, lists red wine as the “most calorie friendly” alcoholic beverage. Sure, it adds up to a mere 100 calories per 5-ounce glass of red wine but it lowers risk of heart disease and stroke, reduces risk of diabetes-related diseases, helps avoid formation of blood clots and lowers bad cholesterol level.

According to an article on, it was found that small amounts of alcohol increase the amount of good cholesterol (HDL) in the body and keep the heart-healthy, but it is also important to know that if more alcohol is consumed, it also increases the risk of liver failure, obesity, stroke and certain types of cancer.

What do experts say?

Ram Ashish, Senior Medical Officer, from Lifeline Hospital explains, “Red wine is considered good for the heart because it contains a special antioxidant – resveratrol. The same antioxidant is also found in grape peels, dark chocolate, blueberries and peanut butter. Since wine also has other side effects, it would be better if a person uses healthy food to keep his heart healthy. However, if a person wants to drink alcohol, then it should be kept mind that research only considers red wine beneficial. Not every kind of alcohol is considered beneficial for health