Glass of red wine equals 1 hour at gym, new study says

In this Jan. 25, 2014 photo, a man pours a glass of Erasmo wine at the Reserva de Caliboro vineyard in Maule Valley, Chile. A bold new wave of independent vintners are challenging Chile's reputation for producing oceans of agreeable but predictable wines. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)
In this Jan. 25, 2014 photo, a man pours a glass of Erasmo wine at the Reserva de Caliboro vineyard in Maule Valley, Chile. A bold new wave of independent vintners are challenging Chile's reputation for producing oceans of agreeable but predictable wines. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Huffington Post on Friday reported on a new study out of The University of Alberta that shows that drinking a glass of red wine may have the same effect on the body as an hour at the gym.

A component in the wine, resveratrol, was seen to improve physical performance, heart function and muscle strength similar to the affect exercise has on the body.

Principal investigator Jason Dyck says, “I think resveratrol could help patient populations who want to exercise but are physically incapable. Resveratrol could mimic exercise for them or improve the benefits of the modest amount of exercise that they can do,”

“It is very satisfying to progress from basic research in a lab to testing in people, in a short period of time,” Dyck said.

A red wine is poured for judging at the California State Fair Wine competition held in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, June 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
A red wine is poured for judging at the California State Fair Wine competition held in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, June 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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